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IDDEN away on a Caribbean is­land is the world’s only ho­tel that’s been ex­clu­sively built for plus-sized peo­ple.

Sim­ply called The Re­sort, on the is­land of Eleuthera in the Ba­hamas, it’s cus­tom built for peo­ple over 30 stone. With one fifth of the world’s pop­u­la­tion ex­pected to be obese in the next decade, it’s tap­ping into an emerg­ing mar­ket.

Many obese peo­ple are ter­ri­fied even to leave the house, let alone wear a swim­suit on the beach.

But at The Re­sort, there’s a pri­vate beach, door­ways have been widened, the bed frames have been re­in­forced and each chair is al­most a me­tre wide.

“You can lit­er­ally jump on that fur­ni­ture and noth­ing’s go­ing to hap­pen,” says re­sort owner James.

Guests can eat what they like from a buf­fet serv­ing Caribbean or com­fort food.

There is also a spe­cially de­signed pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing group ther­apy with a body con­fi­dence coach.

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

Fol­low­ing a group of eight obese Brits as they head to this plus-sized par­adise, this is by no means a fat-sham­ing film.

We learn their in­ner­most fears and it’s sur­pris­ingly tear-jerk­ing as the hol­i­day­mak­ers are in­spired – mostly by each other - to gain con­fi­dence.

Some of their sto­ries are heart­break­ing.

Mum-of-two Alice, aged 31 and 36st, has chronic anxiety. She’s been told she will die young be­cause of her weight, so she’s planned her own funeral.

Dane, 27, and 31st, piled on weight af­ter his par­ents di­vorced and says: “To me, fat means fail­ure.” His con­fi­dence is so low that he’s can­celled his wed­ding twice.

And 23-year-old Steven, who is 37st, rarely leaves his home­town and says: “You are con­stantly ridiculed, you are con­stantly abused, you are con­stantly judged.”

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