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Masterchef's Gregg Wallace opens Bexleyheath Weight Watchers hub

PUBLISHED: 10:36 10 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:36 10 May 2013

Gregg Wallace (second left) opens the Bexleyheath hub with Bexley Mayor Cllr Alan Downing (second right) and Weight Watchers ambassadors

Gregg Wallace (second left) opens the Bexleyheath hub with Bexley Mayor Cllr Alan Downing (second right) and Weight Watchers ambassadors

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Obesity is one of the topics which regularly tops the British news agenda, and a new Weight Watchers hub in Bexleyheath is aiming to tackle the problem.

The country is getting fatter and to combat this Weight Watchers has opened three hubs to get Britain slim - one of which will be in Bexleyheath.

It will be based at Goals Soccer Centre in Graham Road and will be open for three and a half days a week, meaning more opportunities to go to sessions for busy mums and people who work long hours.

The co-host of the hit television cooking programme Gregg Wallace opened the venue at the end of last month and sings the praises of Weight Watchers.

The points-based scheme has helped the former greengrocer shed more than two and a half stone.

Gregg, who is a celebrity ambassador for the company, said: “It’s been great meeting local Bexley Weight Watchers members and sharing our weight loss stories.

“I enjoyed meeting some of the male members as well – and I really hope my story will inspire more men to give the scheme a shot.”

The other hubs are in Glasgow and Orpington. The pro points plan works by allocating different points to certain foods depending on your gender, build and other factors.

It tries to engender a healthy lifestyle to make your weight stays shifted once a person’s target has been reached.

Mum-of-two Clare Annett, 33, joined in May 2011 and has lost 100lbs using the scheme.

The Nuxley Village resident thinks the hub will help make the difference between fat and fit.

She said: “I don’t know where I’d be without the plan. I’ve always struggled with my weight and have done a lot of yo-yo dieting over the years. I reached my target weight by September last year and I still have a treat every now and again.

“But it can be hard to get to meetings, especially when you’re a busy mum like I am. You can’t replicate the support you get from meetings on the internet.”

The hub’s manager Kim Carpenter, who has worked for Weight Watchers in Bexley for 10 years, thinks Bexleyheath was chosen because of the sheer volume of people who use the service.

The Upper Belvedere resident said: “This is about the community and improving the health of the people of Bexley.

“The area needs a fixed centre and obesity is a problem in this area as well as nationally.

“We’re trying to get the local primary care trust involved so people can come in after they’ve been referred by doctors, we need to change people’s attitudes and make them realise it’s ok to seek help.”

Clare added that Weight Watchers is also helping to keep the next generation of her family fit an healthy.

“I make sure my two kids eat the same food as me and this will set them up for life. Joining Weight Watchers has changed my life.”

For more information on the Bexleyheath Weight Watchers hub call Kim on 07946 410746.

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