Dawn Jones, mum of Malissa – who was once Britain’s fattest teen and is now anorexic – this week speaks to CLOSER MAGAZINE and the DAILY STAR newspaper…
Malissa Jones last hit the headlines worldwide in May when I revealed the young woman, who once weighed 34 stones and was dubbed Britain’s fattest teen – was anorexic.
I have been following Malissa’s story since she approached me via my website Featureworld in 2008. Then she was one of the youngest people in the UK to undergo a gastric bypass and as a consequence she had lost over 11 stones. We celebrated her weight loss and her new life – she had a job and could at last buy clothes from High St shops – by putting her story in a national Sunday newspaper.
However, Malissa’s weightloss didn’t stop and she was distraught to be left with terrible folds of saggy skin, which she couldn’t get NHS funding for to remove. At the same time, she met boyfriend Chris but when she got pregnant with her longed for baby, it died shortly after birth.
Malissa blamed her bypass for losing her baby and also for the fact she felt increasingly unwell. Since May she has been battling anorexia and today she is still unwell with doctors offering to feed her via a tube in hospital.
And now the family face new fears as Malissa’s mum Dawn, speaks out over fears for son Aran, Malissa’s 12 year old brother. Until about three years ago Aran was tall for his age but otherwise and Ok weight. But then he developed an insatiable appetite. Today he is clinically obese and bursting out of the largest size school uniform.
He has driven Dawn to despair with his eating habits – which like Malissa involve scoffing food in the middle of the night. Dawn is now petrified Aran is going the same way as Malissa. That said, having seen how unwell Malissa has been and how ill she still is, she would ever agree to Aran having a bypass or other gastric surgery.
Dawn, who has had a gastric bypass herself, also feels the eating problems in the family have not been investigated properly and that the family hasn’t had enough support from doctors.
I will be continuing to keep in touch with Malissa and her family to see what happens.
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Do you have a weight loss story to sell. I have lost count of the times I have sold Malissa’s story – if you would like the same worldwide coverage click here: My amazing weight story.
One of the bonuses of selling your story through Featureworld rather than directly to one publication is that I can gain you not just one deal, but several. And this week is a good example of how interviewees coming to Featureworld to sell a story will always gain more publicity (if they wish!)
Sharon’s story about how making wedding plans gave her a heart attack appears this week in WOMAN magazine.Sharon’s story about how she had a heart attack as she sorted out the seating plan for her wedding – and yet still managed to walk up the aisle – has previously appeared in the Daily Mail and Take A Break magazine and I placed it for a third time for her this week.
Julia Rees’ real-life story also appears in WOMAN magazine this week.Julia’s amazing story about how she had eight miscarriages – including twins born at 23 weeks who died shortly after birth – before having baby Ruby, has previously been in the Daily Mirror and they have also appeared on ITV’s Daybreak.
Diane’s tragic story of how she will care for her orphaned grandson appears in WOMAN’S OWN this week.Diane’s story recently appeared in the centre pages of The Sun and Pick Me Up magazine.
I am often asked, “can I sell my story to more than one magazine or newspaper?” And the answer is yes! At Featureworld, the policy is to put the interviewee first. So if an interviewee only wants one newspaper or magazine, that’s fine. However, interestingly – especially for anyone nervous about selling their story in the first place – virtually 100 per cent of interviewees want me to sell their stories on again. And then Featureworld has an extremely good track record of gaining people multiple deals with more magazines, newspapers and on TV, be it on a chat show or for a documentary.
If you would like to sell your story and want the best coverage possible, then do contact me for free advice: Selling my story.
Steve Williams and son Matt’s true-life story appears over two pages in BEST magazine this week.
After their story appeared in the centre pages of The Sun newspaper last week, Steve and Matt’s real life story appears in Best, once again over a double page.
I am pleased to report both Steve and Matt – who were very happy with the report in The Sun newspaper – were once again very pleased with the sensitive way their story was portrayed along with family photos.
In fact the response from readers on The Sun website has been extremely positive as people read about the traumas the whole family have had to go through because dad Steve is gay.
And I have had a number of people – interestingly, mostly heterosexual men – tell me how much they enjoyed reading this very honest account of growing up with a gay parent. I think this is because anyone can see from reading these stories just what a normal and close family they are.
To read more about Steve and Matt’s story click here: Growing up with a gay parent
If you have a very sensitive story and are thinking of selling your story but are worried how you might be portrayed in the media, then do contact me for advice here: Sell My Story
Georgina Ford’s story about how a quirk of fate led her to meet her husband on a train is printed this week in glossy weekly Woman magazine.
This is the second time Georgina’s story has been printed. The first time was also through Featureworld.co.uk for the Daily Mail newspaper.
Just out of a ten-year relationship, Georgina had joined dating agencies and had almost given up finding love. What she didn’t realise was her future husband was sat just behind her on her train home from work every day.
Fortunately, almost a year after they had been travelling ‘together’ as strangers, they at last got talking.
They have since married and also have a son!
People often imagine stories full of doom and gloom are the only stories saleable to the press. But this is not true – everyone loves to read a happy story!
Do you have a relationship story to sell to the press? Did you meet your partner in an unusual way?
Do let me know here.