A woman has had a remarkable weight loss transformation and says her journey shows people who are "struggling" that if they "keep going" they will also succeed.

Pat George, 68, who lives in Westhoughton, has reached her target weight, having lost six stone and four pounds.

She first started her weight loss efforts, back in 2016 losing three stone before moving to Bolton from Norfolk.

And now Pat has hit her goal weight after losing a further three stone at Anita Jackman's Slimming World group on a Saturday morning.

Speaking about her journey, Pat said: “I decided to do something about my weight after giving up full time work and started May 2016.

“I lost three stone before having a break in 2018 while we were locating from Norfolk to Westhoughton.

“I started again in January 2019 but struggled to lose any weight.

“I changed groups to Anita’s and started to lose the weight consistently finally getting to target in March.

“I have lost 3st 4lb being part of this group and a total loss of 6st 4lbs.

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“I couldn’t have done this without all the support from Anita, the social team and everyone in the Saturday 8am group.

“I hope my story shows even if you are struggling keep going, it will happen.”

Pat said she enjoys a range of Slimming World meals which have helped with the weight loss.

She said: “My favourite Slimming World meals are diet cola chicken, chicken tikka rogan josh, sticky chicken and homemade Slimming World chips and sweet corn as well as the beef in red wine sauce.

“All these foods I can eat freely without weighing, measuring or counting and I know I never need to go hungry.”

Slimming World consultant Anita Jackman added: “It’s great that we’re able to celebrate this milestone and, without a doubt, members are improving their health by losing weight and healthy eating.

“The Slimming World plan of healthy eating and lifestyle is for the whole family to enjoy.

“Department of Health and Social Care Media Centre Blog states obesity costs the NHS around £6.5bn a year and is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer.

“Weight loss is so important because the latest obesity statistics from the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities show an estimated 65.9 per cent of over 18-year-olds in Bolton were overweight or living with obesity in the year to November 2022.

“NHS Digital figures show 875 of 3,930 Year Six pupils measured in Bolton were classed as obese or severely obese in 2022-23.

“It meant 22.3 per cent of 10 and 11-year-olds were in the highest two BMI categories as they prepared to leave primary school.”

For more information about Slimming World, go to: https://www.slimmingworld.co.uk/

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