a DETERMINED Doncaster mum who shed five stones is using her own experiences to help target childhood obesity in the borough.
Clare Wilkinson, 42, who was supported in her weight loss by husband Steve, who lost three stones, and daughter, Olivia, who lost a stone through joining the Slimming World plan is now setting up the very first weekend group in Doncaster to encourage other families to do the same.
Mrs Wilkinson, of Springwell Gardens, Balby, is particularly keen to target families after it was revealed Doncaster was one of the most overweight towns in the country with health bosses anticipating the borough’s obesity problem could put a £92 million a year strain on the NHS.
Speaking about her dramatic weight loss Mrs Wilkinson who struggled loose weight after having her children, Josh, now 21, Olivia, 15, and six-year-old Harvey said: “I had battled with my weight for most of my adult life.
“I tried all sorts of different diets with no success, then after I turned 40 I decided that enough was enough and joined a Slimming World group in Doncaster, I could not believe the eating plan and the support which I received from the consultant and other members it seemed so simple.”
And two years on Mrs Wilkinson is now a lot happier in her own skin and is so inspired she is starting her own group that starts on Saturday at Doncaster Deaf College in Leger Way.
She added: “I thought a Saturday group would allow families to attend together, mum, dads and kids aged 11-15 can all join and become healthier together and the added bonus of it all kids aged 11-15 attend free if accompanied by a paying adult.
“If I can spread the word far and wide enough throughout Doncaster together we can beat obesity forever.
“If I can help others and other families to achieve what I and my family have achieved and lead healthier and more active lives then I will be ecstatic.”
Mrs Wilkinson’s Slimming World group starts on Saturday at 9am and will run each week at the same time.
For more information about the sessions contact her on 07779 463 035.