Shaq’s Big Challenge debuts on ABC tonight

Shaquille O’Neal helps kids lose weight on ABC’s new six-episode reality series Shaq’s Big Challenge, which debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

Of the six kids, ages 11 to 14, five weigh more than 200 pounds; the other weighs 182. When TV Guide asked how the kids were chosen, Shaq helpfully explains that “we looked for kids who were obese.” For a weight loss show? Really?

In addition to helping them with their diets and exercise, Shaq “swaggers around with the kids, giving them street credibility and making them bully-proof,” The New York Times reports. “Watching this charming hero-giant, who has six children of his own, counsel boys and girls is a novelty on television.”

Shaq’s Big Challenge [ABC]
Shaq Attacks a Most Dangerous Epidemic Facing Kids [TV Guide]
Lighten Up, Overeaters. This 7-Foot Giant Is in Touch With His Inner Child. [New York Times]

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