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People thought I was pregnant but I just overweight

2013-04-08 04:14:57

Debbie Snape

A Birmingham mum has told of her humiliation at being asked if she was pregnant - when in fact she was overweight.

The question was doubly insulting for 46-year-old Debbie Snape, from Billesley, because she became infertile after having her daughter Kelly, who is now aged 26.

Yet Debbie is not alone.

A recent survey has found that nearly half of Brummie women are embarrassed by their weight, with 52 per cent having suffered the shame of being asked if they were pregnant, when they were actually overweight.

Debbie lost 22lbs in three months after she began dieting.

She said: "It happened when I was out. I was all dressed up and I was asked 'when's it due?' It was just somebody who I'd met that night. I said 'when's what due?'

"People really ought to wait until they find out for sure rather than jump to conclusions. I've been guilty of doing it myself. Although the person I asked was actually pregnant."

Debbie finally decided she had to take action over her weight as she began to make plans to go on a holiday in the USA to celebrate her husband Neil's 50th birthday.

She said: "One Christmas was a turning point for me, I saw this photo of me and named it 'pie face'. It made me seriously look at the way I looked.

"I loathed what stared back at me in the mirror. I resolved to do something to keep the weight off permanently.

"I had a goal to work towards, my husband's birthday was approaching and we had just booked the holiday of a lifetime.

"Three weeks visiting Hawaii, San Francisco and New York, a week in each place!

"There was no way I was going to be this size whilst I was there and I was resolute on that point.

"When you go to America they're either really big or really skinny, I didn't want to go in the big category."

Debbie, who is 5ft 3ins, weighed 11st when she started on Diet Chef in January last year. She reached her target weight of 9st 7lb in less than three months.

She said: "My body shape has changed and I feel fitter and more energetic than I ever did in my younger years. Life is just so good at the moment.

"The only downside, according to my husband, is that I have become addicted to shopping for clothes!"

As well as regularly being mistaken for being pregnant, 61 per cent of people in Birmingham said they would like to lose weight with 42 per cent wanting to lose between two to three stone, and a further 42 per cent can never find clothes that fit.

Before Diet Chef, breakfast for Debbie used to be a full fry-up or "builder's breakfast" with two eggs, two slices of bacon, two sausages and two pieces of toast.

For an elevenses snack she would have crisps and chocolate. Lunch was a sandwich, crisps and a chocolate bar. Dinner was an Indian or chip shop takeaway.

Debbie halved what she was eating when she started the diet which consists of ready made meals.

Breakfast was granola or porridge with fruit and yoghurt. Elevenses was fruit and lunch might be a cous cous salad or soup.

For tea, Debbie still enjoyed a curry or had lamb hot pot with a side of steamed vegetables.

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