The football game aimed at helping Luton men lose weight
A six-a-side football program that has already helped more than 15,000 men across the UK to fight obesity has started in Luton.
The six-a-side football club, organized by MAN v FAT Football, meets on Monday evenings at the Lea Manor Recreation Centre, Northwell Drive.
Football clubs specifically cater to overweight and obese men with a BMI over 27.5. According to the Partnership Board for Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, 71% of adults in Luton are classed as overweight or obese, potentially up to 80,000 men in the town.
MAN v FAT, an FA affiliate programme, currently has over 7,500 players competing at over 150 clubs across the UK. The program was created by Andrew Shanahan, who, tired of traditional weight loss classes primarily aimed at women, decided to develop a program that combines the beautiful game with achievable weight loss goals for men. The total weight lost by MAN v FAT players in the UK currently stands at nearly 400,000 pounds.
Before matches, players are weighed in, followed by a 30-minute six-man match, with additional goalscoring bonuses awarded to teams based on how much weight the players have lost. Weight loss and game scores then contribute to teams’ league positions within a club. Players receive additional support, including healthy meal recipe ideas and advice on general fitness.
Richard Crick, Manager of MAN v FAT Football, said: “We are delighted to extend our program to Luton after many years of success helping men lose weight and improve their lifestyle elsewhere in the country. We can’t wait to get started.
“MAN v FAT isn’t just about losing weight, it’s about playing sports in a friendly environment, learning healthy lifestyle and diet, while making new friends.