Harlow’s Nigel loses six stone during Covid-19

Entertainment / Sat 14th Nov 2020 at 09:40am

NIGEL Powell from Harlow was given one year to live by his GP but after losing six and a half stone, he has managed to turn his life around and is encouraging others to join a weight management programme during the Covid-19 crisis.

Nigel, who suffers from kidney disease, weighed over 19 stone when he was referred to the MoreLife programme by his local GP back in 2018. He had been diagnosed with expected kidney failure in less than a year unless he tackled his obesity.

After losing the weight on the 12-month programme he has significantly improved his kidney function, reduced the need for regular medication and improved his confidence as well.

Nigel said: “It was difficult to accept how much my weight was negatively affecting my health, but by acknowledging it and then taking part in the MoreLife weight management programme it has saved my life!”

“I’m now a lot more confident in managing my diet, which has been particularly helpful during Covid-19 as with panic buying there was less choice at the local supermarkets. The old me might have reverted to unhealthy options, but now I am more aware of the healthy choices available. I hope that by sharing my story I can encourage others to get the support they need to make positive changes to lose weight and live a healthier and happier life.”

Research suggests that obesity can increase the risk of death from Cdovi-19 by as much as 48 per cent and could also make vaccines against the disease less effective. According to Public Health England, two in every three adults in Harlow are living with obesity or overweight and could be at risk. 

Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, MoreLife, which is commissioned by West Essex and South Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to offer free psychologically informed weight management programmes, has adapted its services for South and West Essex residents. The provider works with CCGs, GPs and local community partners to signpost residents most in need of the free service.

The 12-month programme, which has supported over 1,700 Essex residents, is now delivered in virtual group sessions which are run by an expert team of nutritionists, psychologists and sport and exercise specialists for anyone with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 35 with type 2 diabetes.

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