Gloucester mum and son's amazing weight loss after letter from school
A LETTER home from the school nurse to say her son's weight was seriously damaging his health shocked Becky Baker into making drastic changes to the family diet.
Oliver, 11, was one of an increasing number of Year 6 pupils in Gloucester classed as obese.
The problem is getting worse in the city, according to the latest Public Health England figures.
As Oliver started the academic year at Severn Vale, there were clear signs his weight was getting out of control. The school, in Quedgeley, had to order special oversized T-shirts and jumpers, and his trousers had a 32 inch waist.
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Eighteen stone Becky, 32, had faced her own battle with the bulge since having Oliver at 21. When he ended up in hospital after an asthma attack, she decided enough was enough and took action.
The pair joined Slimming World and made healthier changes to their diet.
They continue to eat their favourite meals, but now make the dishes themselves, rather than eat processed alternatives and the ready meals that had helped to pile on the pounds.
Six months on, Oliver has lost almost two stone and Becky has lost almost five.
"One night Oliver went to bed with a cough, by 2am he was being rushed to hospital with an asthma attack," said Becky. "The doctors didn't mention that his weight could be a factor but reading the literature it was obvious that asthma and obesity were linked.
"He was a keen rugby player but was struggling to keep up with his team mates. I noticed his asthma was preventing him from playing full games.
"He would often come off the pitch and use excuses that he was injured, but the real reason was that he was exhausted. I didn't want Oliver to feel that he was on a diet. We have just changed his diet to make sure what he eats is healthier now, and it has had a big impact. Losing the weight has improved all of our confidence so much."
Slimming World helped Becky make the changes she needed to encourage her dramatic weight loss.
She is now setting up her own group to encourage others in Hempsted tomorrow, at Gordon League Rugby Club from 9.30am.
Childhood obesity – the facts
Of Year 6 children in Gloucester:
In 2006/7, 17.5 per cent were obese
In 2011/12, 19.2 per cent were obese
In 2012/13, 21.7 per cent were obese
The national average is 19.2 per cent
Incidence of obesity increases with increasing deprivation
Deprivation is higher than average in Gloucester with about 5,100 children living in poverty
Children living in inner city areas are more likely to be obese than those living in towns, suburbs or rural locations
Children whose ethnicity is described as Black of Black British are most likely to be obese, while those of Chinese ethnicity are least likely