Cox family of Swale inspired to lose 27 stone between them
The Cox family. Top row,
second from left) Nichola, Ian, Andrew and Chris. Sue is on the
bottom row to the left
We can’t just sit here and wait to die. Those were the words
which inspired a family of five to go on to lose 27 stone between
Ian Cox made the comment to his wife Sue back in October 2011
while at their Sittingbourne home.
Sue, who back then was tipping the scales at 21st 6lbs, was
struggling to walk and support her own weight.
As a result she was having to use a scooter when going
Ian, who weighed in at 14st 9.5lbs, simply wanted to lose a bit
of weight as his 60th birthday was fast approaching.
Their vow to slim down also inspired their children
Andrew, 38, from Sheerness, Nichola , 35, from Sittingbourne, and
Chris, 33, from Minster, to do something about their expanding
Grabbing takeaways while working late at the family business IAC
Delivery Solutions in Castle Road, Sittingbourne, was blamed as the
reason for all of them piling on the pounds over the years.
As a result the family signed up to WeightWatchers and began
attending weekly meetings at the UKP Leisure Club, Avenue of
Fast forward 17 months and Sue, 59, now weighs 16st 6lbs after
losing 5st, Ian, 60, has lost two stone, married mum-of-two Nichola
has shed 6st 2.5lbs while Chris, a married dad of one, has ditched
But it is Andrew (pictured above right) who has lost the most
shrinking from 29st 2lbs to 17st 7lbs - a loss of more than
His motivation - getting married in August next year.
He said: “I wanted to look good on my wedding day and in the
photos and give my future wife as many years as I could.”
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