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Kerry's huge weight loss is a real lifesaver
3:00pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
A WOMAN lost 24 STONES in just over two years after being told her weight could cause her to die in her sleep.
Kerry Vanhoven, 33, of Haig Road, Chadwell St Mary, was told by doctors in 2011 – when she weighed 34 stones – she needed to act.
In a little over two years, Kerry has shed more than two-thirds of her body weight and will now host her own Slimming World classes in Tilbury.
An obese Kerry went from a diet consisting of four slices of buttered toast for breakfast, followed by a lunch of battered sausage and chips, numerous naughty snacks and a take-away meal dinner to two pieces of toast, salad with chicken for lunch and fruit and vegetable snacks and spaghetti bolognese for dinner.
At her biggest, Kerry was a dress size 42. She had to have clothes imported from the USA or wear mens 8XL trousers.
“I always had weight problems,” Kerry said. “But I got to a stage where living in Grays and Tilbury there are a lot of take aways and I was just eating fast food.
“When I was more than 30 stone, I was diagnosed with an illness, caused by weight, which meant I could stop breathing in my sleep. My doctor recommended I go for a gastric sleeve operation.
“It not only shocked me, it shocked my husband. Hearing your wife might die in her sleep wasn’t nice. The gastric sleeve did work but I still wasn’t eating correctly.
“I was eating how I always had, just in smaller portions.”
The gastric sleeve helped Kerry lose 14 stone, simply through eating less.
But it was only when her husband, Alan, started putting on weight she realised her diet still wasn’t right. The pair are pictured below.
She said: “My husband gained some weight so at the beginning of 2012 we both joined Slimming World and that was when things clicked into place. I also joined the gym. I now weigh just over 10 stone.
“It’s about making all the right choices.
“Instead of having a takeaway once a day, you go once a week. There are healthier options available.
“It’s not all been easy. But I’ve not got into bad habits.”
Kerry, who is waiting to have operations to remove excess skin following her rapid weight-loss, now hopes to keep up her healthy regime, help others in Tilbury with weight problems and look after her husband, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
She said: “He’s been ever so supportive. If I had been ill, I wouldn’t have been able to be there for him.”
At 7.30pm on Thursday, Kerry was due to hold her first Slimming World consultation at Tilbury Band Hall.
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