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Halesowen woman celebrates 10 stone weight loss
10:44am Tuesday 26th February 2013 in News
AN embarrassing incident at a GP’s surgery when overweight Diane Cannings, from Halesowen, became stuck in a chair made her determined to fight the flab.
The 64-year-old had ballooned to twice her normal weight after her husband died and daughter left home to get married.
She described herself as “grossly” overweight at 21stone 10lbs, suffered high blood pressure, had two knee replacements and walked with sticks.
“Attending the doctor’s surgery to have my blood pressure taken, to my embarrassment I could not get up out of the seat, having to be helped by a patient and the practice nurse. Needless to say I was very embarrassed, “ said Mrs Cannings, of Cherry Orchard Avenue.
The nurse suggested Weight Watchers and after 14 months she had trimmed down to 11st 10lbs with support from the slimming club’s weekly meetings at Cornbow Hall, led by Samantha Hughes.
Mrs Cannings added: “It was the best thing I have ever done. I got rid of the walking sticks and my blood pressure tablets were reduced from six per day to one per day.
“I now volunteer as a helper at my weekly class, still getting weighed in weekly. I love going there, I have made so many friends.”
She is being featured in the May edition of the Weight Watchers magazine and was treated to a pampering day during the photo shoot in London on Valentine’s Day.