A super slimmer is feeling fabulous after shedding over three stone and slimming herself out of the diabetes danger zone.
Karen Partridge’s weight was putting a huge strain on her health with doctors telling her she was on the verge of developing type two diabetes.
The 49-year-old from Lionel Hurst Close in Great Cornard, was inspired by her friend’s weight loss and says her own success has changed her life.
“I feel like a new woman since losing weight,” she said. “In fact, I look so different that people who I haven’t seen for a while often can’t believe I’m the same person.
“For me though it’s the change on the inside that’s been the biggest – I’m happier, healthier and much more confident now.”
The accounts assistant joined the Great Cornard Slimming World group, which is run by Kath Hampshire, in June last year and has since dropped 3st 12lb.
She said: “Before I lost the weight I always tried to shrink into the background and avoid drawing attention to myself. I’d pretend it didn’t bother me that I was bigger than most other people, but that was far from the truth. I hated shopping for clothes and found doing simple everyday tasks would leave me tired and out of breath.”
After being inspired by a friend said the small changes she has learnt have paid dividends.
People who are severely overweight, with a BMI above 30, are more likely to suffer from health problems like diabetes, and obesity is linked to a reduction in life expectancy of between seven and nine years.
In the Babergh district 66 per cent of adults are overweight with 22 per cent so severely overweight that their health is already at risk.