Student nurse loses weight and bags dream job
21-year-old student nurse Uways Pervez from Banbury joined Slimming World and lost 8st 1½lbs* in just nine months to set a better example to his patients.
“I’d been large most of my life and always been bigger than my friends, but when I started studying nursing at university in 2012 I lived off takeaways and felt I didn’t have time to exercise, so more weight soon piled on.
"Before I joined Slimming World I’d get tired all the time and had no energy. I’m a nurse which is such a physical job and spending 14 hours on my feet was absolutely exhausting, especially on top of studying. I knew my weight was to blame, but it was a comment from my friend that prompted me to do something about it. We were talking in a seminar about a particular condition that affects people who are underweight and my friend joked that I wouldn’t have to worry about ever getting it because I was really fat. I didn’t know how to respond.
I was determined to set a better example as a health professional, so I visited my GP for advice, who referred me to Slimming World for 12 weeks.
"I thought Slimming World was just for women, so as a young guy I was really nervous about going to group. I was worried about being the youngest there, about being the only man and about being the heaviest. I soon realised none of that mattered, everyone was really friendly and started chatting to me, and my Consultant Jenny put me at ease straightaway.
"I was surprised at how easy I found it to fit healthy eating into my busy routine and how affordable eating the Slimming World way is too – especially on a student’s wage.
"Now I’ve lost weight, my friends all say that I have much more confidence and I don’t hide away in baggy clothes any more.
I have so much more energy at work too, moving patients is easier and I don’t feel self-conscious about raising the issue of weight with patients now either. I know more than anyone what it feels like to be unhappy and ashamed of your size, and I think that understanding helps me to approach the subject in a more sensitive manner – plus I can tell patients all about Slimming World, too.”
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose
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