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.
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.