A woman who was told by her GP that she was ‘destined to be fat’ loses half her body weight
A take-away addict who weighed 28 stone has shed more than half her body weight – after seeing red when her GP told her she was destined to be fat.
Sharon Pannett, 49, from Worthing, West Sussex, had always struggled with her weight – and was first referred to a slimming club aged 10, when she weighed 10 stone – almost double the weight of the average 10 year old.
She gained a stone every year until at 22 years old she tipped the scales at a whopping 22 stone – and struggled to squeeze into a size 28 dress.
Depressed about her size, Sharon managed to lose nine stone – but struggled to get her BMI down to a healthy level.
But when she went to her doctor for support, he told her she was ‘one of those people who are destined to be fat’.
Mortified, Sharon made up her mind to shed the pounds – and after buying a FitBit, walked off the remaining weight, to become a svelte 11st 11lb
Sharon, who works in financial services, said: “I feel like a completely different person and have a new lease of life since losing weight, it’s been the best thing I’ve ever done.
“I was bullied and called names throughout my childhood, but when the doctor told me I was destined to be fat, I just decided enough was enough. I wanted to prove them all wrong.
“I’ve always struggled with my weight and at the age of 10 I weighed 10 stone, at 11 I weighed 11 stone and so on.
“I used to always go up for seconds and was eating double the amount normal kids were eating, I just couldn’t help myself.
“When I didn’t have to follow a diet sheet I would stuff my face with anything I could get my hands on, biscuits were my weakness, I could eat the whole barrel.
“I just had a really bad relationship with food and couldn’t see any other way.
“Over the years there was two occasions where I did manage slim down but as soon as I stopped dieting the weight piled back on.
“After finally educating myself on the different types of foods that suited my body, I found a diet that worked for me and managed to lose over 10 stone.
“It’s been a hard battle but I’m so pleased with how far I’ve come.”
Sharon was obese at the age of two and at 10 years old, weighing a staggering 10 stone, she was referred to her first ever slimming club.
She added: “As a child I didn’t understand what was good for me, all I was told was to follow the diet sheet and I was forced to eat foods I didn’t like.
“I’d nag my mum to buy a hot sausage roll from the bakers for breakfast and I would always ask for fish and chips for dinner.
“I didn’t know how to have anything in moderation and I would always take at least six biscuits from the biscuit tin at a time at my Nan and Grandad’s every time I went round.
“On my ‘non diet’ days I would eat as much as I could because I told myself I could start my diet again tomorrow and I didn’t know how to cook anything that wasn’t on my diet plans so would just order take-aways.
“Because I had been forced to diet from such an early age I didn’t know what normal eating was and I had to learn what different foods did to my body.”
In 2012, Sharon attempted the 5:2 diet, which she stuck to religiously for three years, and managed to lose nine stone.
However, her weight loss plateaued at 13 stone and her BMI was still registering at an unhealthy level.
Sharon said: “I went to my GP for help but he told me that I was just one of those people who was destined to be fat.
“I couldn’t believe it, I felt like he was giving us both an excuse to not bother to solve it.
“I thought I hadn’t come this far just to give up, I knew my weight problem wasn’t genetic, and it left me more determined than ever to fix my problem myself.
“In December last year I switched to the 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet and amazingly the rest of my weight came straight off.
“I stuck to the recommended 800 calories a day for eight weeks, eating healthy fats and avoiding sugar, processed foods and starchy carbohydrates – in my case potatoes.
“I had always been told that fat was bad for you but low fat diets didn’t work for me, it just made me hungry all the time so I started eating avocado, full fat yoghurt and nuts.
“I bought a Fit Bit last year and have since been dedicated to getting in my 10,000 steps a day, in just one year my heart rate has improved from poor to excellent and I have a healthy BMI of 24 for the first time in my life.
“I think it is really important for children to have a healthy relationship with food, putting them on a diet and forcing them to eat certain foods is harmful and humiliating, they need to be taught what certain foods can do to your body.
“I now weigh 11st 11lbs but it has taken me nearly 40 years to establish a healthy relationship with food, there is so much information out there and so many diets to choose from but there is nothing that teaches us how to stay at a healthy weight.”
BREAKFAST – Sausage sandwich
SNACK – Crisps
LUNCH – Big Mac, large fries and large milkshake
DINNER – Indian take-away
SNACK – chocolate bar, biscuits
BREAKFAST – yoghurt with nuts and berries
LUNCH – soup OR a salad with avocado
DINNER – meat or fish with double vegetables
DESERT – dark chocolate occasionally
SNACKS – nuts
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