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'I took up running after losing a friend'

The death of a close friend from a heart attack was the life-changing event that led father-of-two Aftab Sarwar to reassess his lifestyle. Overweight and unfit, Aftab, 29 when interviewed, embarked on a structured plan to get fit by going to the gym and watching…

'I used to drink all day'

George Budge knew he had to get help when he realised he was drinking all day, every day. Over the years George had gone from drinking socially in pubs to drinking 1.5 litres of vodka a day at home. "I don't know what the turning point was," he…

'I want to be a good role model for my daughter'

When it comes to weight, Phil Reeves has a rule: when the scales creep into three figures, it's time to take action. As a mechanical engineer and spreadsheet geek, he says the NHS weight loss plan was easy to follow, sensible and appealed to his sense of logic.…

'I want to exercise till I'm 100'

Betty Shaw, 93, from Hessle, East Yorkshire, has attended the same fitness class for over 30 years. She says exercise has been the key to helping her continue to live independently. How active are you? I consider myself quite active for my age. I live…

'I was addicted to love'

Broadcaster and journalist Clare Catford explains how love addiction affected her life, and talks about the treatment she received. "I now realise that I've been addictive from a very early age. I had all the 'normal' obsessions with pop stars, then I developed huge crushes on…

'I was an alcoholic mother'

Journalist and author Niki Shisler, from London, sought help for her alcoholism when she realised she could no longer take care of her son. "I was never a binge drinker. I was very much a 'maintenance' drinker. I was drinking round the clock. My friends afterwards all…

'I was petrified of passing psoriasis on to my children'

Ros Foreman, aged 56 when interviewed, has had severe psoriasis since childhood. She talks about how pregnancy, sunshine and medicines have helped. "I was diagnosed with psoriasis when I was 9. I'd been skipping to school and fell over, grazing my knees and elbows. The grazes didn't heal and,…

'I weighed 70kg at age 11'

Chris Bennington, 14, swapped burgers and chips for healthy alternatives and lost more than a stone. When he was eight years old, Chris' parents divorced and he went to live with his grandmother in Mountain Ash, South Wales. "When Chris and his brother and sister came to me,…

'Is weight loss surgery right for me?'

If you're very obese and you've already tried improving your diet and exercise levels without success, then weight loss surgery could be the right option for you. But it's not a short cut to losing weight easily as it will mean changing the way you eat forever.…

'Losing my mum'

Sarah Phillips was 16 when her mother, Debbie, died after four years with cervical cancer. At the funeral, Sarah played a recording she had made of the song Autumn by Paolo Nutini. Little did she know that her cover version would become a YouTube hit. Sarah talks…