Poole resident Katy started smoking in her teens to fit in with her friends. She'd always wanted to kick the habit, but wasn't sure how. She became increasingly mindful of the role model she was to her son and when he turned 7-years-old, she decided that it was time to quit for good.
Natalie’s family life is a busy one; juggling work with being a mum means that Natalie doesn’t get much time for herself. Working in a desk based job and looking after the kids, Natalie realised that she was sitting most of the time, and doing very little exercise.
In January 2017 whilst spending time with his 13-month old grandson, Bernie realised it was time to change. At a weight of 19 stone, with high blood pressure and borderline diabetes type I, Bernie decided to lose weight, stop drinking alcohol and get healthy. At the age of 55, Bernie now weighs 13 stone 13lbs, his previous 52-inch waist is now 38 inches, he drinks no alcohol and says he feels great.
Mick has tried several different diets with little success, which made him lose enthusiasm for weight loss. He has found his Slimming World group to be great socially and he has made new friends who understand his weight loss journey. He enjoys the food options available at Slimming World which allows healthy full meals which also contribute to weight loss. His wife, Beverly, has also started Slimming World via a referral from LiveWell Dorset and has so far lost one and a half stone.
After recovering from cancer, Owen was diagnosed with diabetes. Weighing 18 stone, he struggled to walk up hills, often becoming out of breath and having to stop. "My clothes are too big and I have had to buy new ones!"
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