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Support, information and friendship

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 .

2016 marks the 12th 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, click here for just some of our media involvement.

We get lots of TV requests in for you to take part .For details of all shows including one looking for people who may not go on holiday much before due to their weight see tv participation . If you want to be considered for shows or have a general enquiry drop us an email to info@bigmatters.co.uk.

Follow us on twitter for TV requests, motivation & news or join our mailing list below to be kept update on TV requests, special features, discount vouchers and much more. Our old facebook account died recently and so we have just started a new one and as we lost the thousands of you that liked our old page please visit our new facebook to get it going from scratch again after all these years. We appreciate you patience as you can imagine this has certainly been a test of ours !!!

Meet some of the expert contributors

Dr Caroline Whymark


Read her articles here

on everything from Bariatric Surgery to the benefits of walking. You can also check your BMI and find out why waist size is also important.


Sonia Cullington

Fitness & Healthy Living

Read her latest article here

for a new you with the WOW factor

or email


Jessica Villa

Diet & Nutrition

Read her latest article as well as information & self assessment tests on understanding healthy eating, 5 a day etc here

you can also email her a diet query or get details of a free personal 1-2-1 skype chat



and our amazing bloggers

Blogger Kate

Kate is awaiting Bariatric Surgery & Introduces herself here

Blogger Sarah

Sarah introduces herself and explains her long term battle with her weight 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

May 2016


If you want to get a more positive attitude for spring, check out our newsletter on ideas for changing your mindset and body for summer as well as a true story of how one man had changed his weight loss experience into a business.

Like writing ? 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

Our youtube channel is now live . We will be bringing you nutritional tips from Jessica Villa and adding some of our favourite health, bariatric surgery, celebrity & weight related videos to our playlists.We have also added a playlist of videos giving basic cookery skills as we know people have asked for how to start home cooking skills from scratch

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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All content within Big Matters website is provided for general information only and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Big Matters Ltd is not liable for the contents of any external internet sites listed, nor does it endorse any individual, including all in dependant consultants on this site, any commercial product or service mentioned or advised any of the sites including nutritional information supplied herein. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health care provider if you have any questions regarding a medical condition, your diet or before embarking on any exercise program or if you're in any way concerned about your health. Under no circumstances shall Big Matters be liable for any loss, damage or harm caused by a User's reliance on information obtained through this site. It is the responsibility of a User to evaluate the information, opinion, advice or other Content available on Big Matters website.Jessica Villa, Leigh Brandon & Richard Krijgsman are all independant consultants.