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The 18-30 Stone Holiday

  • Episode: 

    1 of 1

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 24 Oct 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 43 2017 : Sat 21 Oct - Fri 27 Oct
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    New

For the estimated 12 million obese people living in the UK, just leaving the house can be terrifying, and some avoid being seen for fear of fat shaming. For most people, wearing a swimming costume on the beach can be nerve-wracking, but when you’re obese, it can be traumatising. 

With one fifth of the world’s population expected to be obese in the next decade, there’s now a market for plus-size friendly holidays. Hidden away on an island in the heart of the Caribbean is the world’s only hotel that’s been exclusively built for plus-sized people: on the island of Eleuthera lies The Resort. 

It may look like any normal hotel, but this is the only resort in the world that is custom built for people over 30 stone. All the rooms have been altered to suit the fuller figure: each chair is almost a metre wide and can withstand more than 40 stone of sunbather, doorways have been widened, and all the bed frames have been reinforced with two-inch steel bars. Here guests can eat what they like from a buffet open three times a day serving Caribbean or comfort food. 

There is also a specially designed programme of activities that will force the guests to re-evaluate their bodies, and group therapy is encouraged. 

Resort owner, James, says: “It’s a sanctuary. It’s a place where you can come and have a good holiday without any judgement whatsoever.”

Now a group of Brits who hate their bodies are heading to this plus-sized paradise to experience a radical new approach to confronting the prejudice they often encounter because of their size. They’ll be challenged to face their innermost fears, and inspired to find a new confidence to overcome their inhibitions, in a week that could transform their lives.

The eight people are:

Adam, 32, and his wife Ami, 28, from Stoke-on-Trent, weigh 22-stone and 24-stone respectively. Going to The Resort is their chance for a second honeymoon.

Ami says: “Our honeymoon was spent rowing. We rowed a lot over me not wanting to go to the pool because I could see that there were people there who looked immaculate.”

Ami was so mortified by how she looked that she deleted almost every photo of their honeymoon.

Adam says: “We’re a pair, and if she’s hurting, I’m hurting. If she can’t enjoy herself, I can’t.”

Adam is hoping that during the week at The Resort, Ami will finally pluck up the courage to reveal her body in public for the first time.

Steven, 23, from Fife, weighs 37-stone, and he says: “You are constantly ridiculed, you are constantly abused, you are constantly judged because you are not the normal size…Being big you automatically try harder to be funnier. If I was skinnier or smaller I don’t think I could be as vibrant. I don’t think I would as a ‘in your face.’”

Despite his larger than life personality, call centre worker Steven rarely leaves his hometown and this is the first ever time he has set foot a plane.

At 6’2” and weighing 36-stone, 31-year-old Alice’s chronic anxiety about her size often means she’s a prisoner in her own home.

Severely overweight her entire life, and now a mum of two young children, Alice says: “Since a very young age people have been telling me that I am going to die young because of my weight. You start to believe it. You know, I probably won’t see my kids grow up. So I have actually planned my own funeral.”

Dane, 27, weighs 31-stone, and after his parents divorced when he was 10-years-old he has turned to food as an emotional crutch. He says: “There’s definitely a cycle of eating comfort food. Hating myself, and eating some comfort food, then hating myself again for eating that comfort food.”

Despite being engaged to childhood sweetheart Helen, Dane’s confidence is so low that he has cancelled his wedding day twice. He says: “I want to have the chance to do the things I want to do, like be able to get married to the love of my life Helen. We have planned for a couple of weddings before but I guess my insecurities have stopped that from going on.”

David, 28, weighs 18-stone, and is only just finding his feet in the plus sized world. He says: “I was living in Brighton, and I met my first love, and I was with him for quite a number of years. That relationship broke down and I started to eat, I lost my home and I lost my friends.”

He continues: “From a size where I was underweight, I would say probably about 10-stone, I have put on probably about eight or nine stone in the stage of three or four years. In my head I’m still that person, nothing’ s changed, until people make comments about you, and you realise that you are a different size.”

David adds: “I am also a gay guy, and in that scene, the judgement is escalated and magnified.”

Sandra, weighs 22½-stone, and says: “This is the biggest I’ve been in my life.”

She adds: “I’m looking for a husband.”

Holly, 27, 20½-stone, is a plus-size model, and says: “My size has got me down and it still does sometimes. Obviously, I portray and come across as a really confidence lady, and I am 90% of the time, but just like anyone you always have your days when you feel down or you don’t like what clothes you are wearing and you just can’t leave the house.”