Jane Hunt, MP for Loughborough, recently visited her local Slimming World group to hear more about how members are losing weight and creating a healthier future for themselves and their families.
Ms Hunt says: “It was great to meet with inspiring Slimming World members who have all committed to making positive, healthy changes to their lives. It’s vital that we tackle major public health issues such as obesity, both to enhance people’s lives and reduce the pressure on the NHS.”
Recently published government data shows that around two-thirds (63%) of adults are above a healthy weight and, of these, half are obese.
Debbie Fisher, Slimming World Consultant, says: “It was wonderful that Jane Hunt MP could join us at the Gorse Covert Community Centre group and see how people from within their constituency are being equipped with the knowledge and skills to lose weight. I’m proud to be helping members to change their eating habits and become more active at their own pace, supported every week in our friendly local group. Our own research of 1.1 million members shows on average Slimming World members lose a clinically significant 5% of their body weight (9.9lbs) within three months, and it was fantastic to show Ms Hunt first-hand how our support is making a difference.
“As well as losing weight, we have a lot of fun, and I hope Ms Hunt also got a feel for the community and friendship within the group. At Slimming World, we understand losing weight is a physical and a psychological journey and people need support to tackle both aspects, which is why our approach is about the whole person. We help members to understand themselves more deeply, boost their self-esteem and connect with other slimmers so they can share real-life advice and strategies to deal with potential pitfalls, and manage their weight for the long term.”
Debbie Fisher has been a Slimming World Consultant for six years and runs the Gorse Covert Community Centre group. Debbie joined Slimming World as a member and lost three and a half stone, before deciding to use her own experience and support others on their weight loss journeys by training to be a Consultant herself.
Debbie continues: “We’re in the midst of an obesity crisis, and as the country’s leading weight loss organisation, with groups in the heart of communities all over the UK and Ireland, there’s no one better place than Slimming World to offer an effective and long-lasting solution.”