Once warned by her GP that she’d be dead or confined to a wheelchair if she didn’t lose weight, Cheryl Blythe from Basildon, Essex shunned weight loss surgery and joined Slimming World. She’s lost a stunning 14st 3lbs to completely transform her life, and has been crowned Slimming World’s Woman of the Year 2015.[dt_quote type=”blockquote” font_size=”big” animation=”none” background=”plain”]I felt that by having a gastric band fitted I wouldn’t be learning anything about healthy eating or my own relationship with food – or helping my children to have a good understanding of healthy eating either. [/dt_quote]
“My family says I’ve always been the ‘button’ that holds everything together, but the irony of it is that while I was looking after all of them, I let myself go.
“My weight problems began when I fell pregnant with my daughter when I was 17. Feeling lonely as a young mum, I comfort ate in secret to pass the time. I got so big that I couldn’t look after myself. My children would have to help me fasten my shoes and get dressed and my neighbour would do my shopping. I managed to keep working as a carer though, although I don’t know how. I had a BMI of 62 and my GP told me that if I didn’t do something about my weight I would be in a wheelchair or dead by the time I was 45. He suggested a gastric band, but I turned him down, and now I’m so glad I did!
Video – Cheryl tells her story
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