Sport and Physical Activity

Man V Fat Maldon

Supporting men to get active on their weight management journey

Man V Fat is an amazing organisation that is helping men to get healthy and support their fitness journeys. Set up by journalist Andrew Shanahan, driven by his own experience with weight loss it enabled him to discover there was a distinct lack of support for men looking to lose weight. Active Essex provided funding to the campaign to support men in Maldon area to get started with the programme.

The participants receive a wide range of support as part of their membership, with the football match being just a part of the overall offer. MAN v, FAT has proven itself to provide a range of support for men’s mental health and wellbeing alongside physical changes and encouraging men to keep their fitness a priority long term.


Group 1
Who is it for?
Men looking to lose weight and get active in Maldon
Goal 1
Prime Objective:
to get men active to support their weight loss journey
Goal 2
Second Objective:
to build community and social opportunities in the area

Throughout the project, Man v Fat participants learn how important mental wellbeing is and that the benefits are just as important as the physical weight loss itself. The MAN v FAT Community has helped build important friendships and social groups. It has been found that 90% of men who participate in MAN v FAT lose weight during their time with the programme.

The club are currently running with 4 teams but work is underway to raise the profile, with the aim to grow to 6 teams, in order to support more male residents to lead healthy, active lifestyles.

individuals started
participants lost weight
achieved 5% weight loss
We are delighted to be bringing more Man v Fat Clubs to Essex and we are very grateful for the support of Active Essex, Braintree District Council and Maldon District Council to make this happen. Essex has been the home of some of our most successful Clubs over recent years in terms of weight loss, so we are sure that the men of Braintree and Maldon will continue that trend! We look forward to supporting men of all ages to improve their health and wellbeing in 2022 and beyond.
Man v Fat South East Regional Manager, Dan Church