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Obesity and plus size are now words that are everyday part of daily life be it on TV in magazines or online. The reality is as a nation we are getting bigger. For some this may mean a stone or two overweight and for many others it can be a whole lot more. Whether you are happy with your size or not, finding anything from good clothing to current information about health matters can be very time consuming and frustrating.The authorities are viewing the need for change but often there can be a negative image and little support. We want to centralise information and places to go for support as well as offer a positive approach.

Living as a bigger person can have many different ‘knock on’ effects. This can be your health, your happiness, your confidence or even your comfort. Our site is very much led by what you want to have on it and as a voice for the people who live daily with a weight problem. Whatever your age, weight or background we want to hear from you either directly or share experiences Professionals - we welcome your input, suggestions and articles.

There's also plenty of chance to read others personal experience stories and blogs or interact with us via our facebook page. New bloggers always wanted too.

2021 is the17th year since we launched. Obesity support is vital and there is not enough help for those wanting to lose weight. .Obesity is also rarely out the news and you may have seen/heard us discussing our opinion in the media - BBC Breakfast, BBC News, Radio 4, ITV news, Radio 5 live, BBC London, West Midlands, Shropshire and many other radio stations

We get lots of TV requests in for you to take part and as a result over the years have seen many of you on TV and in magazines. Always happy to hear from media companies looking for people to take part. If you want to be on TV for details of some of the latest shows see tv participation .To hear about all shows as they come in sign up to our mailing list using the box below.

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We welcome expert contributors, feel free to contact us if you would like to help people living with an weight issue email media@bigmatters.co.uk


Meet some of our amazing bloggers

Blogger Melanie

Welcome to the newest blogger to the team read her story here

Blogger Sarah

Sarah explains her long term battle with her weight and her imminent date for surgery. Read about her here

Blogger Claire

Sharing her Post Gastric Bypass journey. Read her article here

Blogger Jonathan

Weight problems are just as hard for men so follow Jonathan on his weight loss challenge here



Make SMART goals and you are more likely to achieve them. What will your goals be ?

  • Specific - eg lose one stone not just lose weight as that is too vague - if not specific it could mean lose two pounds or five stone so how will you know when you reach your goal?
  • Measurable - with a specific target you know when you reach your goal.
  • Achievable - a goal that you can actually expect to reach smaller goals as stepping stones to a bigger goal will give you more motivation -you can always do new goals when you reach the first stage target.
  • Relevant - a reasonable goal will help you feel motivated when you reach it
  • Time based - give yourself a date by when to reach the goal

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Maybe you are a Bridget Jones in the making or a Mr Jones ? Please get in contact about becoming a blogger for the site, just drop us a mail to blog@bigmatters.co.uk . It can be on anything - maybe you have a wedding coming up , trying or having a baby, a man wanting to explain the diet world from a male perspective or maybe considering bariatric surgery. It doesnt have to be some special event it can just be your experiences of living with a weight issue, sharing is empowering as people realise that their feelings and thoughts are not unique.

If you are looking to start to make a change to your eating habits one of the best ways is to keep a food and mood diary. Even if you just do it for a week it will help you to see why you are eating and what you are eating so you can start to make a change. You can download a food and mood diary template here

It's important that obesity and health are on the agenda at schools and colleges.We need future generations to make a stand and try and stop the swift rise in the obesity problem .

This short film was made by two students who approached us as part of their course as they were concerned ' obesity is a serious problem for the UK'

In a world where we are surrounded by high fat, high sugar, processed food it can be hard to make those healthy choices. Basic cookery skills are a start and we have added some key skills for beginners to our you tube playlist http://bit.ly/1C5KIv
























































































































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