“The Big O” is an intimate study of the children behind the obesity statistics that are shaking the core of contemporary British society. Evidence suggests that obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the UK, with an estimated 1 in 3 children in the country classified as overweight or obese.

The psychological effect of being fat in a society that values thinness above all else concerns me as much as the obvious health effects. But with 33% of our young people feeling they are not good enough, is it enough to be solely concerned with the physical ramifications?

—Abbie Trayler-Smith