Sophie Cartledge launches new Slimming World group for Bishop's Stortford
A former Birchwood High School student who swapped weather forecasting for weight loss is opening a new Saturday morning Slimming World group in Bishop's Stortford.
Sophie Cartledge, 25, will be returning to the Parsonage Lane secondary on May 4 to launch her new project in the school's library. The group meets from 8.30am.
She already has a track record of success after winning the weight loss organisation's Golden Promotion Award for her work with Takeley fatbusters.
Newly created for 2019 to celebrate Slimming World's 50th anniversary, it is given to consultants who welcome 50 new members to their group over a four-week period.
Sophie said: "More than two-thirds of the adult population are overweight and that includes Bishop's Stortford. In fact, in Bishop's Stortford, 68% of adults are so severely overweight that they're putting their health at risk, and sadly a large percentage of children are struggling with their weight too.
"Lots of people want to lose weight but they often don't know how.
"When members come to my group they tell me that they've tried losing weight before and it hasn't worked so they feel like failures. I reassure them that it isn't them who failed but the programme they followed, usually because the diet was too strict or because they didn't get the right support.
"This leaves people thinking that they can't do it, that they'll never succeed with any diet – but members in our groups are achieving incredible weight losses every single week."
Sophie grew up in Elsenham and Bishop's Stortford and attended primary school in Henham before Birchwood.
She said: "I was a waitress part-time at uni while studying meteorology at the University of East Anglia, but always had Slimming World as a job since I graduated. I enjoyed the social aspect of waitressing but it wasn't fulfilling and Slimming World gave good job satisfaction."
She lost 2st 1lb to reach her own weight target after joining Slimming World.
"I loved the idea of helping people, so launched two groups in Norwich before moving back to be closer to my family," said Sophie. "I lost weight just for my confidence as a young woman after gaining weight during university."
To find out more about Sophie's Stortford group, visit www.slimmingworld.com or call 07578 436656.