Health and weight

Duncan - Interview 04

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Brief outline: Duncan, 18, is an A-level student and has lost over 4 stone over the past year. He puts his weight loss down to a change of routine which involves exercising more and eating less. Ethnic background: White British.

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Duncan, 18, is an A-level student and has lost over 4 stone over the past year. He puts his weight loss down to a change of routine which involves exercising more and eating less. Duncan says he was ready to start losing weight when his dad encouraged him to join WeightWatchers out of concern for his health. Although he found the change routine really difficult at first, his dad gave him a lot of support – going to the gym and WeightWatchers with him – and he soon got used to it. Duncan found WeightWatchers particularly helpful because of the motivation and support you get from the rest of the group – even though he was sometimes the only man there! Duncan has also had a lot of support from his friends.
 
In the past, Duncan has found diets difficult to stick to, especially if he’d had a busy week at school and felt like eating “rubbish”. This time, he tried different ways of dieting until he found one that worked. He also still has treats now and then to help keep him motivated.
 
Although Duncan was a rugby player, he was feeling unhappy about his size because it was slowing him down and he was also worried about the health risks his father told him about. Duncan now goes to the gym for 2 hours, 3 times a week and manages to fit this in around his schoolwork. Since he’s lost weight, he feels much fitter and has gained a lot of confidence and self-esteem. He says he’s been more outgoing and feels more comfortable talking to people and also asking questions in class. Duncan even says he’s doing better in his schoolwork, because his concentration has improved.
 
Duncan’s dad, a GP, worked out Duncan’s Body Mass Index and they used this to help set a healthy target weight for Duncan. Duncan says he’s more influenced by this than by images of men in the media – but he thinks that women are more influenced by unhealthy, super skinny images.
 
Duncan thinks there are only good things about losing weight and feels much happier for doing it. He recommends that people trying to lose weight should keep trying different things and get support from a group because it’s easier than doing it by yourself.
 

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