A hotel has opened catering for guests who weigh between 18 and 30 stone (114-190 kilograms) so they can enjoy a holiday without worrying about taunts and insults from fellow travellers.
The Resort, on the Caribbean island of Eleuthera, is custom-built for large sizes, with chairs that are a metre wide, extra-wide room doorways and steel-reinforced bedframes and sun loungers. It also features an eat-what-you-want buffet serving comfort food three times a day.
The resort, which claims to be the world's only hotel built exclusively for plus-sized people, is designed to help guests not only feel more comfortable on holiday, but re-evaluate their bodies and their self-image.
A new British reality TV series, "The 18-30 Stone Holiday", is set at The Resort. The programme makers say those featured in the series will undergo a "radical new approach to confronting the prejudice they encounter because of their size".
James King, owner of The Resort, said: "It's a sanctuary. It's a place where you can come and have a good holiday without any judgment whatsoever."
A group of British tourists is now to test his promise as part of a new TV series, The 18-30 Stone Holiday. The programme makers say the group will undergo a "radical new approach to confronting the prejudice they encounter because of their size".
In the group of Britons featured are Adam and his wife Ami from Stoke-on-Trent. They say that going to The Resort is their chance for a second honeymoon.
"Our honeymoon was spent arguing," Ami said. "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."
She was so mortified by how she looked that she deleted almost every photo of their honeymoon.
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.
Included in the group is plus-size model Holly Macgillivray, from Ruthin in Denbighshire, who wants to help her fellow guests feel more comfortable with their bodies.
"I'm not shy but I wanted to go on there to show that fat people are not ugly, they can have nice make-up and clothes and give a positive image," Macgillivray said.
The Telegraph, London
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