A GROUP of slimmers are keeping it in the family.
Marilyn Docherty has a lot of support at her Slimming World group – and at home.
The 72-year-old, of the Lawe Top, South Shields, joined the weight-loss group four years ago, and was joined by her grand-daughter, Gemma Faulds, 26, and her grandson-in-law Rob Faulds, 33.
As their family grew, more and more members were attending the weekly meetings at The Dunes, in Sea Road, South Shields.
Mrs Docherty, a retired social worker, is also joined at the meetings by her great grand-daughters, Beth, five, and Jorgie, who is just three-and-a-half months.
She said: “I was 13 st 11lb when I joined and hit my target just a few months after, but I’ve kept going and have since lowered my target. I’ve lost 2st 11lb now.
“Gemma started coming along before her and Rob got married.
“When she fell pregnant, she kept coming, and now she brings Jorgie and Beth along with her – it’s a family affair with us all there. Gemma and Rob have lost about 3st between them so far.
“It really does help having family members there with you. You get a lot of help from other people in the group, but having people there who really know you is brilliant.
“We have big family nights quite a lot too so we’re always conscious about what everyone is eating.”
Mrs Docherty said that losing weight has also helped with her health problems.
She suffers from osteoarthritis, a condition that affects the joints, and has recently had a hip replacement.
She said: “I feel so much better since losing weight and it has helped with my condition as well. It’s much easier for me to get around.
“I’d definitely recommend people to go along to Slimming World with their family. It’ll really spur you on to do your best.”