A NORTH WALES fitness consultant has said that "restricting or shaming" people into eating healthy and doing more exercise is not the best way to get people to become healthier.

Ange Peabody, Slimming World consultant and area manager for North Wales, said that people who struggle with obesity must "be treated with compassion, understanding and care" if they are to take on the right attitude towards improving their diet and physical health.

It comes after the Welsh Government launched the NHS Better Health, Better Wales Covid-19 Well-Being Campaign, partnering with Slimming World which has more than 6,000 members across the North Wales region.

“Obesity is a huge topic in the news under the current climate with evidence showing that carrying extra weight makes it harder for the body to fight Covid-19, and with the government’s ongoing plans to tackle obesity across North Wales," said Mrs Peabody.

"I know how truly life-changing being at a healthy weight can be for someone – and for their whole family too, because we know when people learn healthy habits around food and activity they pass them on to those around them too."

"In my 10 years as a consultant and as someone who has lost weight myself, I’ve learned that supporting people to lose weight is more than restricting unhealthy foods, banning adverts or simply telling people they should exercise more. We at Slimming World have always recognised that those who struggle with their weight need to be treated with compassion, understanding and care, and as well as the tools to make changes, people need support to make them and keep them up – whatever life throws their way.

"So, we don’t tell, restrict or shame our members into action. We support, we share and we care and it works."

Mrs Peabody also urged members of the public to join Slimming World and existing members to become a consultant to help other people who want to take on a healthier lifestyle.

"The amazing thing is, is that Slimming World consultants are all former members, they understand," she said. "In-depth training is offered with a well-respected and recognised brand that has been established for over 51 years, and all consultants get the benefit of local and head office support.

"I love being my own boss and the flexibility around being able to still enjoy my family time. Even during lockdown, although our live groups were suspended, we were supported 100 per cent by Slimming World to continue to support our members virtually throughout, until we were able to return to live groups."

For more information about Slimming World in North Wales call Mrs Peabody on 07540 093730.