the Whiteleys are no longer the family they once were – after four of them shed 16½ stones in a remarkable joint slimming effort.
David, 64, wife Adele, 63, and foster son David Nevill, 40, of Jeremy Lane, Heckmondwike, cast off the pounds along with daughter Charlotte Goor, who needed to drop two sizes to fit the wedding dress she had bought.
First on to the family’s roll of honour was Adele, who started dieting in August 2008 to encourage a former foster son who had to lose weight for health reasons.
She is now 3st 4lb lighter, while her husband lost 5st 2lb after initially being a sceptic.
Adele said: “David couldn’t believe we were losing weight without starving ourselves but decided to have a go when he said he was panting more than the dog when he took it for walks.”
“Young” David’s achievement in losing 2st 4lb is all the more notable because he has learning difficulties and a physical handicap.
Adele said: “David sees the slimming meetings as a social outing but he needed to lose the weight and is much healthier for it. He can walk better and take part in a lot more activities.
“He makes all the eating decisions himself and has stuck to his food plans right the way through.”
Charlotte, 40, of Firthcliffe Road, Liversedge, was prompted to slim by a photo of herself taken at a new year party.
She said: “When I saw it, I said ‘no more, I’ve got to do something’. I set a target to lose weight in time to get married and I’ve never looked back.
“I was a size 16 but I bought a size 12 dress a year before the wedding – so I had to get the pounds off!”
By the time Charlotte tied the knot with Karl last May, she had lost 5st 6lb and has kept her size 12 figure since.
Charlotte paid tribute to the family’s Slimming World consultant, Debbie Chesworth, whose classes they attend at Dewsbury Town Hall.
She said: “Debbie is brilliant, it’s her determination and help that keeps you going. She’s been marvellous with ‘Young’ David.”