Episode 1 Fix My Family


Episode 1

In an extraordinary TV health experiment, can Amanda Hamilton and her team transform the future for three families whose weight is ruining their lives?


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Three families are about to embark on the most important journey of their lives.

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Bags packed, they're off to spend the next seven days

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in a secret location,

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but this will be no holiday.

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These families are part of a growing crisis.

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60% of adults and one in four of our children are overweight or obese.

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Northern Ireland is now the sixth most obese country in the world.

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Things are more critical than ever.

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We need to make changes fast.

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These three families have bravely stepped forward to do just that.

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'All we're aiming to do is really set a road map'

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not just for this week, but for the rest of your lives.

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So this can be the moment in which you change your life.

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They'll spend the next week on an exclusive island retreat

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taking part in an intensive regime

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designed and delivered by a team of world experts to tackle their nutrition...

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-Porridge!

-..fitness and well-being.

-And breath out.

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It's a unique chance to turn things around.

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It'll be tough...

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I was expecting something more substantial than a bowl of leaves.

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-..challenging...

-That's what I want to see, looking good!

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..and at times, extreme!

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-Are you ready for me to insert?

-Ohh!

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Can they break the habits of a lifetime

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and change their lives forever?

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In the lake lands of County Fermanagh

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lies the beautiful and tranquil island of Lusty Beg.

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Where a transformation is about to be attempted.

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Headed up by nutritionist Amanda Hamilton,

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a team of super experts awaits.

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A personal trainer,

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two clinical psychologists

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and Amanda herself are ready with a holistic body, mind and spirit approach to weight loss.

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Making their way to the island are our three families.

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There's nine-year-old Ellie,

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Ryan, 12,

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Mum, Cara

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and her new husband Johnny.

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Joining them will be Nick, Isobel and daughter Rachael.

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First to arrive are mother and daughter Rosie and Ellen.

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Helloooooo! Welcome.

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Amanda is there to greet them.

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Acknowledging a problem in the first place is often half the battle,

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and although it's not easy,

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single mum Rosie from Portrush is facing some difficult emotions.

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'Do I blame myself for being this weight?

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'Yes, I do. There's no-one else to blame.

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'When I look in the mirror I do not like what I see.'

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And I know all the right things to say to myself to make myself better,

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but, at the end of the day,

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the bottom line is, no, I am not happy with the way I look.

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'There are some shops where things fit me perfectly,

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'then that's the only ones I shop in.

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'but it's hard when you're overweight.'

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It's a bit...

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It makes me feel a bit down.

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Hellooo!

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Next onto the island are family of four, the Toners.

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-How you doing, Cara?

-Great.

-Nice to see you again.

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Johnny has recently married Cara,

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mum to Ryan, 12, and Ellie, nine.

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'I've got so much weight to lose,

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'it's like I don't know where to start.'

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It's like climbing a mountain when you're at the bottom of it.

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Like getting that start on it.

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I just feel it's too far to climb.

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'And, for the children, it's one thing me having weight issues,

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'but I have suddenly realised that my children are that way as well,

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'and that's really upsetting.'

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So, I'm dreading the change, but it has to be done.

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Last to arrive are Nick, Isobel and Rachael from Dundonald.

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A family desperate to end their intense love affair with takeaways.

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'Chippy, Chinese, Indian, pizzas, so much choice out there!

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'A variety of carry outs you eat every day.'

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We eat something different every day.

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Far too easy.

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I just remember Mum saying, "If you don't lose weight, girl,

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"you're never going to be around whenever those kids grow up,"

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and I suppose that's always been in the back of my head -

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a wee warning bell.

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And, ideally, we're at that stage now wee warning bells going off big time!

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And its time to do something about it.

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Heading deep into the woods,

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our three families leave their home comforts and old lives

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further and further behind.

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Amanda and her team of experts are waiting.

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There is a very distinct link between emotions and how much somebody eats.

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Or why they eat.

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'Stresses and strains in life

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'can often lead to people stuffing down emotion with food.'

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Often you're going way back, years and years and years

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trying to find out why they've picked up that food habit.

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Just want to take this opportunity to introduce the rest of the expert team

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that will be working with you over the next seven days.

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We can't read minds, at least if we could we're not going to tell you!

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But we need you to be open with us.

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The more you speak to us, let us know what's going on with you,

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the more that we can help.

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Now, at times you'll be out of your comfort zone,

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it will be a bit challenging,

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but what we're aiming to do is really set a road map.

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Not just for today, not just for this week, but for the rest of your lives.

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So, this can be the moment in which you change your life.

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I'm John, I'm your trainer for the week.

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I'm here HOPEFULLY to support you and help you get your goals and achieve it

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and more importantly give you ideas you take away from this to help get your fitness on track.

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So, I'm Rachel, I'm one of the psychologists here.

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My main focus for the week is to help you think about your relationships.

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Whether that's relationships with food and exercise

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and importantly your relationships with each other.

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I'm Raman Kapur, I'm going to be working with the adults,

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and the main thing I want from the adults

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is to be able to say what you think and feel - spontaneously.

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My job is to work with that

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and then in the individual sessions I'll follow that up.

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And the other piece of good news we have got you all some gifts.

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If you'd like to head over, there's some crates there

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and that's full of some goodies for the week ahead and, er, welcome!

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The boxes hold clues to what lies ahead.

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Exercise is definitely on the agenda,

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and Nick's already making jokes.

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Imagine giving fat people a skipping rope?

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Boing! Boing!

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Nick, Isobel and Rachael are just recently back from holiday,

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and Isobel recalls an embarrassing moment.

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Coming home from France and the girl at the boarding desk asked me,

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"I need to ask you, are you pregnant?"

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You know? And I thought, "That's it, I'm never eating again!"

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Nick and Isobel have a real taste for takeaway.

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It's become much more than an occasional treat,

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and Nick's really worried about the future.

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'Although she's only ten now, maybe in 20 years' time'

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when she does decide to walk down the aisle,

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I'd like to be the one to walk her down the aisle

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and at the present rate of going

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I'm not going to be around at that point.

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Amanda has made a home visit to each of the families in the weeks leading to the retreat.

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How long have you had a weight problem? How long would you say you've felt overweight?

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I'm 43 this coming birthday, so, about 42 years.

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I joined a gym and I went for a class.

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It was a half-hour class, lasted 15 minutes

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and felt, you know, I need to push myself here and I'm not

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and feeling I can't do it.

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It was easier just to quit, go and have a shower

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and cry while I was in the shower.

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Like many children, Rachael spends a lot of time in front of the TV,

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often with a snack,

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and when it does come to meal times it seems she's still hungry.

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Rach, do you want some more? Seconds? Help yourself, do you want this?

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'Possibly something to do with portion size is niggling away at me.

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'Maybe we shouldn't be feeding her as big a portion as she gets.'

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I'm going to stop you there cos see when you say the, "we"?

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It's You!

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-Well, thanks!

-You know, we have had that argument plenty of times,

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but I've seen you dishing up food and I'm saying, "Don't just give her...",

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if she's hungry, by all means and she's still got some room...

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but she'll maybe have seconds

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-and then she'll reach for the chocolate biscuit!

-That was my next statement,

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was going to be that if you give her a smaller portion,

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she eats it and asks for more.

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'The only tops I like is baggy ones

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'cos if they're really tight I don't really like them.'

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I always feel that I am uncomfortable with...

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My mum says I've got...puppy fat,

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but sometimes I just don't believe her,

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sometimes it's a just THING that I think is my fault for doing it.

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I have a terrible image of...

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the pointing and the laughing,

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and there's a behind-the-back snickering,

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"Look at the fat family".

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And I hide behind bravado and bluff

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and I try and...hide behind my personality...

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a lot.

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Rather than to be seen to be...

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As the, jolly fat bloke,

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is the mask that I wear.

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Behind the mask, I'm not really the jolly fat bloke at all.

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I'm just the fat bloke.

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There will be food on the menu this week,

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but it's very different from what the families are used to.

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You've got to taste everything and if you don't like it you don't need to eat it.

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-BOTH: Er, no.

-No, we've got to shake on it. That's the deal.

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-No, I'm no shaking on it.

-That's the deal, come on, get your hand out.

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Oh, look, we just made our deal.

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Here we go.

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Chef Sue and her team are working closely with Amanda

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to deliver tasty, nutritionally balanced meals,

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including today's healthy barbecue.

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It's Ryan, isn't it? You know what I am going to ask you to do?

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Put some on your plate.

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And I'm going to give you a TINY bit, just so it looks pretty.

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-OK?

-Yeah.

-Little bit of tomato?

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-Dressing?

-There's a surprising amount of food on offer.

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The high fat content of ready meals and takeaways

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has been replaced with nutritious vegetables, lean meat and fish.

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Designed to be filling and what the body needs.

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But not everyone's enjoying it.

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It was terrible, really,

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but I'm sure, maybe tomorrow will be a better day. Hopefully.

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With lunch over,

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the families finally get to see where they're going to be living

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for the next seven days.

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Ellie, balcony, quickly!

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Oh, it's beautiful.

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-Very nice, very nice.

-I'm loving this!

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I'm really loving this!

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Wow!

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-Do you like it?

-Yes.

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Isn't it amazing?

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We'll be very comfortable here.

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After the recent wedding, Johnny is keen to support Cara and the kids,

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and realises he's going to play an important part

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in their bid to lose weight.

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'It's about the family and it's about trying to change our lives.'

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I might say you're eating too much at home,

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or you're eating too much of this thing,

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then I'm accused of being the food police.

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'I actually don't think about it. I try not too.

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'I'm in total denial.

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'Wouldn't watch anything on the TV to do with weight loss.'

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If anybody mentions going for a walk to me in work

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I just look the other way, or say I'm busy.

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'I suppose Ellie always carried a wee bit of weight

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'and that has increased,

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'but Ryan never carried any and he's starting to.'

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I've never ate a vegetable in a couple of years.

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The closest vegetable he eats is beans.

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Closest one!

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'Ellie especially loves her sugar hit.

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'She's like me, she loves a sugar hit'

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and she'll be so grumpy when she doesn't get it

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and I don't know how I'm going to handle that.

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Cara will have her work cut out for her,

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but Amanda is on her way to offer professional support.

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Is it kind of anything sweet you go for?

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Biscuits or buns,

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at night we would love getting a cup of tea and wee biccy or a bun.

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Cara talks there about going and getting buns, or whatever.

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We would get a cake, it wouldn't be a bun, there's no point in saying that.

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See, this is why I need him here, Cara.

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It's a cake its not a bun, you know.

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There's a great ice cream shop in Armagh,

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we would go to it at least once a week.

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-At least three times.

-Och, not three times! Depends on how busy we are,

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but we love just sitting eating a wee tub of ice cream.

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You mentioned lack of exercise as well.

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Are you basically, driving to work, sedentary at work and driving home?

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I think it was when I got the car, that was the end of the walking.

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You had to walk to get to places before that,

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but then when I got me own car it was the end of it.

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I would drive INTO the shop

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if I could get the car in through the door!

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'I might seem outgoing and bubbly,

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'but I'd say I probably lack a lot of self-confidence.'

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People can be very nasty or hurtful, I mean strangers.

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I suppose I live in a cocoon.

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I'm surrounded by people that I know and love

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and they would never be nasty or mean to me,

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but when you go outside of that and people kind of look at you,

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it's very hurtful and it makes you want to do something about it.

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I don't like myself.

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There's nothing I would call good about myself or my body.

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And I just want to change.

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Yeah.

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They're not the only ones ready for change.

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All three families have made a serious commitment

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to improving their lifestyles.

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In preparation for this week

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the adults have been monitored 24 hours a day.

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Eating habits, sleeping patterns and physical activity

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have all been recorded on computerized arm bands

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and Amanda has kept a close eye on them.

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And now the time has come for the inevitable and dreaded weigh in.

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Knowledge is power. We've got to know where we are.

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And remember it's onwards and upwards from here.

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As a base line for the week

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every one needs to know exactly what their starting point is.

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Have you heard the expression pinch an inch?

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Pinch more than an inch!

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Exactly what we're going to do today.

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Using special callipers,

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John can work out each adult's percentage of body fat.

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He's using a different method for the children.

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He's passing a current through electrodes on the hands and feet.

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And they don't feel a thing.

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Ready to go?

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Before you fall asleep I'll let you put your shoes and socks back on.

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While they wait for the results,

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Rosie and Ellen enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation.

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Spurred on by simply signing up for the show,

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Rosie has already managed to make some changes and has shed 10lbs

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before even arriving on the island.

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Because we live in a seaside resort

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during the summer I work very long hours.

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My day is 9:30 to maybe 8:30 or nine in the evening

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and when I come home in the evening,

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cooking is not always what I want to do, to be perfectly honest.

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And we love our Chinese's.

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And we would make use of those more often than we should.

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Really our opportunities for hard physical exercise are not there,

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so we're not a very active pair.

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Ellen and her friends are typical teenagers.

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Body image is a common topic of conversation

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and Ellen is clear that she'd like to change.

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Id prefer to be more active

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and self-confident

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and be able to do more things that other people can do and I cant.

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I'm not physically capable of.

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We do talk about it a lot, don't we?

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Yeah, I think, when we're having a little coffee after school

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it always comes up in conversation.

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Our body weight, what we look like.

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It's just another part of being a girl, I suppose.

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So what do you think is motivating you then?

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I've always wanted, ever since the past few years,

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I've always wanted to try and lose weight.

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But it's motivation that stops me.

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I suppose I am interested to see

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where my association with food comes from.

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Why I use it the way I do.

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There's a wee bit of fear around that as well, I guess, but...

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It's uncovering the layers.

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We've got to do. There's food,

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and nutrition but it's what drives people to eat certain ways.

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Can you remember the last time you felt really good about you body.

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What were you doing? How old were you? Can you recall?

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Was there a time, a moment frozen in time,

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where you think, "I felt great that day"?

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Or in that dress or at that...

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No, not right now.

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-Nothing comes to mind?

-No.

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-So it been a long, long time then?

-Yeah, it has.

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The results are in and the families gather to hear the news.

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Thank you for your patience and thank you for all being willing

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to get measured and weighed and prodded and what ever else,

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but now we know where we are.

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Got professor Varman who's a cardiologist.

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He looks after your heart and very important parts of your body.

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Cara, Ellie, come and stand beside your mum.

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Cara has weighed in at 20st 10lbs,

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to reach her ideal weight she would need to loose 11 stone.

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That's not far off the weight of her daughter, Ellie.

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At 10½ stone, nine-year-old Ellie's health and well being

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are seriously compromised.

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So you've got 11st to lose,

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in other words you've got more than your daughter to loose.

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Ryan, at 9st 8lbs,

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is also well above the healthy weight range for his height and age.

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35-year-old Jonny has weighed in at exactly 15 stone.

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You're in the lucky position that you're really here as a supporter for your family.

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You've got the least to lose,

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just two ½ stone. So, a very manageable amount.

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Hold this. That's 5lbs of fat.

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So you've still got to lose at least five of them.

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You hold on to that for a little while.

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OK, thank you.

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-Nick, any idea what your target weight should be?

-Honestly, no.

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At 19 stone five, Nick is clinically obese and about five stone over his ideal weight.

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But it's his poor diet that concerns Amanda.

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-I read your food diaries, and see the red apples there?

-Mmm-hmm.

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The week of your typical family diet, your intake

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-of fresh fruit and vegetables, have you heard of five a day?

-Mmm-hmm.

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-You were having three servings a week.

-Oh, dear.

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What you needed to have a week was represented by the green apples.

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Nicks partner Isobel is 15 stone ten.

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She is carrying a lot more weight than she is comfortable with

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and a whopping six stone more than is healthy.

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-You like ice cream, don't you?

-Mmm-hmm.

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OK, this little test tube here represents seven grams of saturated fat, half a cup of ice cream.

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It's got that much fat in it.

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With Rachel at seven stone two,

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and Ellen just over 13 stone, they are both in a high risk category

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for carrying their weight problems with them into adult hood.

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Having lost ten pounds in the previous weeks when she was wearing

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her monitor at home, Rosie tips the scales at 15 stone 9lbs.

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Amanda is curious to know what she'd been up too.

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What were you doing in the mornings?

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-I started to walk. Once I had the monitor on I started to walk in the mornings.

-It really worked?

-Yeah.

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That daily exercise really worked?

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That's what helped you burn that fat so quickly.

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You might be wondering what the potatoes are all about?

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That represents the total weight of what the five adults,

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not the children, have got to lose to get to their target weights.

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You've got to lose 192 kilos.

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All the adults, except you, Jonny,

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have over 50% of their body as body fat.

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Over 50% of you body is currently made up of that.

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You are carrying what I would call blubber in your hand.

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Now, if I could just ask you to look at this model here for a moment.

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The outside of this model, this tube represents a blood vessel,

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a blood vessel that has become furred up.

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And immediately those blood vessels get blocked, you end up with a stroke.

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I think all of you know what a stroke is.

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Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stokes

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are all on the increase in our society.

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Professor Varman has been straight talking and its been hard to listen to.

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Amanda is quick to turn the negatives into a positive.

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The most important thing is that we have you here as your family groups.

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Research show that if families work together to lose weight

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they get the results in the longer term more than if you're individuals.

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I know it can be difficult to swallow some of that information

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and remember that every single thing that you put into your mouth

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will translate into what happens in your body.

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Deep breath, everyone.

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Why don't you give each other a hug as your family groups.

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Och, it's not pleasant,

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it's the reality of the situation, its easier to not know it

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but, at the end of the day, we're here to do something about it.

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My dad was 64 or 65 when he died of a stroke and I thought, "that's all?"

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You know, everyone's in the same boat.

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So there's lots of similar thoughts and feelings and comments

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and what we're hoping to get out of it all.

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So if I had this...

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It would take about two weeks, just two weeks of healthy eating

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and a bit of exercise, and that would be gone.

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That's the power you have. That's why your body's amazing

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because you can change it. Just like that.

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As the first day draws to a close,

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appetites are satisfied with another simple healthy meal.

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And while the families tuck in the experts have gathered.

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So lets talk about each family,

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now that we are almost at the end of the first day.

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Shall we go through Nick, Isobel and Rachel first?

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I find them, as a family, really articulate, really in touch

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and I think we've all got to tap into that somehow because they get it.

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It's just the doing, I think. What do you guys think?

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Defiantly be interested, particularly with Nick

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and his description of himself as the jolly fat bloke.

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-Yeah.

-There's a sad side behind the joke fat bloke.

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I think what Isobel says is very important.

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She, when she went back to the gym, took too much on.

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I think the main thing is it to try and get it into her lifestyle and what's achievable now.

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-Yeah.

-What stood out for me was some of the issues potentially around Rachel.

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The way they set limits around what she eats, or perhaps shy away from doing that.

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I guess the question would be how would that might make them feel

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if they weren't able to give Rachel what she was asking for.

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So Rosie and Ellen, I really find them close,

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they're intertwined, their lives are intertwined.

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At times they seem more like sisters than mother and daughter

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and within a relationship like that then if one party were to change

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or start to change, it would be important that the other does as well.

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Otherwise there might be a risk then that that change

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might be too much for the other person.

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When she stepped off the boat

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I felt she was carrying herself differently.

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I mean she seemed proud of the fact that she has lost weight.

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I saw a spark of, "I'm feeling quite good."

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No I think there's a window with Rosie.

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I think it's just strengthening that improvement

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in how she relates to herself.

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Cara and Jonny and the kids.

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Cara's obviously got the most weight to lose out of everyone

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and she said that it's so much weight to loose

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it's going to take a long time that it's almost "why bother starting"?

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She wanted fast results, that was a big concern for me.

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I think maybe it's just educate to how small losses will help.

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If they have a pretty awful relationship with themselves,

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really all the medical facts in the world wont make a difference,

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cos she's not going to use the medical facts to turn things around.

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Because she doesn't actually feel good enough about herself

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or that she's worth it.

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We have to transition out of this week, giving them the tools

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for the long term because they have a long road ahead. But...

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Hopefully, this week.

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It's got to come from every single angle, hasn't it? In order to work.

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Next time, the group get started

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on making changes for a happier, healthier future.

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A lot of years wasted that could have been so much fuller.

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You don't even let me finish or say why, whatever,

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you just say no.

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Why you not taking your gym kit with you?

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Why you not going to the gym before work? Why not after work?

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And always having an excuse.

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Touche!

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