Man ‘ shocked’ into losing 4st after visit to GP
A MAN who didn’t even realise he was overweight was “shocked” into losing four stone after a routine visit to his GP.
Retired Solihull council worker David Whittingslow, aged 69, was told that if he didn’t “lose a few stone” he was at risk of developing diabetes.
At the time his GP surgery ran a “slimming clubs on prescription” scheme where patients who are overweight can get 12 weeks free membership of Weightwatchers or Slimming World.
David, from Warstock, signed up for it and went on to lose four stone – and is now off the diabetes danger list and “as fit as a fiddle”.
His story comes as the Government launches a new pilot scheme whereby any patient judged by a GP to be at risk of developing diabetes because of their weight is put on a lowcalorie diet.
David dropped from 15st 7lbs to 11st 6lbs, shrunk from a size 42ins waist to 36ins, and from 46ins chest to 42ins.
David said his wake- up call came in 2013 when he changed GP and as part of registering with his new practice was given a medical check- up.
“I went in for the results and the nurse sat me down and told me I was at risk of developing diabetes unless I lost weight,” he said.
“I said, ‘ How much weight are we talking? A few pounds or so?’
“She said, ‘ No, you need to lose a few stone’. I was stunned and thought, blimey, I didn’t even know I was overweight!”
The nurse told David, who is married, how the practice gave patients who were overweight a voucher for 12 weeks free at a slimming club and he went to Slimming World
Beth Ryder, David’s Slimming World consultant, said: “He has done incredibly well and has never missed a class.
Her Slimming World classes are held at Warstock Community Centre on Mondays at 9.30am and 5.30pm and at The Windermere on Wednesdays at 5.30pm and Billesley Ark on Thursdays at 9.30am. Call 07498 517332.
David Whittingslow before and after losing four stone