Following the publication of new figures which show that 70 per cent of people in West Norfolk are either overweight or obese, people who have been fighting their own battle with the scales have shared their stories.
Carl Mitchell, who lives on Lynn’s Fairstead estate, had a very simple reason for wanting to lose weight - to live longer. When he began dieting in January last year, he weighed 21 stone and admitted his concern about the impact that could have on his future health had been the driving force behind his effort to lose weight.
He said: “I thought I’ve got to do something about this or I’ll be dead by the time I’m 45 or 50.”
Carl, 40, managed to lose around two stone before he started attending group meetings in August, but said his progress was not as fast as he had wanted.
Once he started going to the Springwood Slimming World group, he lost another five stone in just 14 weeks.
On the levels of obesity highlighted in the Public Health England report, Carl said: “That’s quite shocking really. If you’re in town, you don’t see that many larger people.” Although some believe that unhealthy foods should be taxed on health grounds, Carl said he was not sure he would go as far as that, but did suggest that a measure similar to the proposal to set a minimum price for a unit of alcohol could be one way forward.