David kicks the junk food to lose six stone

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

THE clothes may no longer fit, but the ti­tle does.

David Ray­field, 38, from Ken­ning­ton, has been named Slim­ming World Man of the Year af­ter los­ing six stone.

He joined the Ash­ford group in Jan­uary 2006 at which time he weighed an un­com­fort­able 21st 9.5lbs.

“I was re­ally un­happy with my­self,” said the fa­ther-of-two.

“I was find­ing it hard at work and wor­ried about not be­ing able to join in with the boys.

“They were pick­ing up bad habits from me too. When my wife was out we would have a boys’ night and buy the big­gest pizza or bucket of chicken we could find.”

Walk­ing the dog, cy­cling and stick­ing to the diet have helped him achieve his cur­rent weight of 15st 9.5lbs.

“It has changed things phe­nom­e­nally and I have got so much en­ergy.

“Men are a lot less self-con­scious than women and take the jokes peo­ple make with­out wor­ry­ing, so they end up not do­ing any­thing about it.”

David’s wife Ca­role is also a mem­ber of the group and be­tween them they have lost more than 10 stone.

He will now go through to the na­tional Slim­ming World Man of the Year com­pe­ti­tion.

The club’s youngest mem­ber, Ryan Doorey, 11, from Mer­sham, has lost half a stone in the eight weeks he has been at­tend­ing.

His mum, Linda Doorey, said: “He had been strug­gling with run­ning, the oth­ers boys were get­ting to the ball quicker than him and he was get­ting a bit down.”

Pic­ture Dave Downey

Top slim­mer David Ray­field


Ryan Doorey, 11

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