Man ‘ shocked’ into los­ing 4st after visit to GP

Solihull News - - LETTERS & EMAILS - JANE TYLER jane. [email protected] reach­plc. com

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

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