Norwich family loses almost 18 stone - thanks to NHS-funded weight-loss scheme

Super slimming family members who have all lost weight after being inspired by the NHS referral sche

Super slimming family members who have all lost weight after being inspired by the NHS referral scheme(l to r) Pauline Samways, Carla Denton(being held), Danielle Samways, Christine Samways and Sharon Samways.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A Norwich family has lost a lot over the last two years.

However, they are feeling better for it after five members of the same family lost a combined total of almost 18 stone - thanks to an NHS scheme that sends overweight people to weight loss clubs.

When mother-of-three Carla Denton went to see her GP in December 2012 with concerns about her weight, she was given NHS-funded vouchers to join Slimming World.

The 35-year-old, who weighed 14st 3lb before joining the weight-loss group, has lost more than a third of her body weight after adopting a healthier diet.

Mrs Denton yesterday praised the Slimming World on referral scheme and spoke of her delight that NHS chiefs in Norwich had extended a pilot scheme for another nine months.

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The super slimmer from Old Catton, who lost more than five stone, was joined on the NHS-funded project by her mother Pauline Samways, of Mile Cross, who has lost three stone since last October.

Her sister Danielle Samways, 26, became the latest family member to enrol on to the NHS initiative in March and has already lost more than four stone.

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Sisters Sharon Samways, 38, and Christine Samways, 24, also joined Slimming World as paying members a year ago after seeing their sister's weight-loss success and have shed more than two stone each.

Mrs Denton said she had never heard of the NHS referral scheme when she went to see her doctor almost two years ago.

'I have tried lots of different diets before but I did not keep to any of them and I did not get on with. Slimming World has made it so easy and I learnt to cook and the family loves it and my son has lost weight.

'I have been at my target weight for a year, but I come every week to keep me on track and socially it its good,' she said.

She added that the scheme had boosted her family's health and saved the NHS money by helping to control her mother's diabetes and blood sugar levels.

Mandy Gant, Slimming World consultant, said that around 25 of the 200 members of her Mile Cross groups had joined as a result of getting free vouchers on the NHS.

'They did not go to the doctors knowing of Slimming World on referral. It has made a big difference and after 12 weeks they are finding it having a knock on effect on their family and their children and partners are eating the same. It has been amazing,' she said.

Danielle Samways, who also lives in Old Catton, said: 'I was not happy with my body and I could not do things with my children and I felt uncomfortable. I have tried diets before, but not kept to them. If it had not been for Mandy, I do not think I would have got through it.'

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