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North Wales health expert on why he feels a hypocrite telling people with diabetes to lose weight

Daily Post 06/04/2020 Branwen Jones
a man standing in front of a building: Radiographer Kevin Jones set to star in S4C's popular lifestyle show FFIT Cymru © Cwmni Da Radiographer Kevin Jones set to star in S4C's popular lifestyle show FFIT Cymru

A North Wales health professional has described how he feels like a hypocrite when he tells patients who are diabetic that they need to loose weight.

Because 53-year-old Kevin Jones, a leading radiographer, is 20 stone and lives with the condition himself.

Mr Jones, who has helped sportspeople such as members of the British Olympic team, Warrington Wolves, Celtic Football Club and the horse vets at world-famous Godolphin Stable to stay fit, is now set to go on a TV show to help him lose the extra pounds.

The father-of-three is now set to embark on one of his biggest challenges, and will star in the third series of S4C 's popular lifestyle show FFIT Cymru presented by Lisa Gwilym.

Mr Jones, who regularly works at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor and the Maelor Hospital in Wrexham, revealed that his personal goal was to reverse his Type 2 diabetes after promising his wife, Pam, he would get his health back on track.

a man holding a cell phone: FFIT Cymru presenter Lisa Gwilym interviewing radiographer Kevin Jones © Cwmni Da FFIT Cymru presenter Lisa Gwilym interviewing radiographer Kevin Jones

"I work with diabetic people often and I feel like a hypocrite because I have to tell them to lose weight while I am myself a Type 2 diabetic." he said.

“I have been embarrassed and I suppose a bit ashamed for a long time. I’d have patients in and would have to ask their weight as our examination table is only safe for 21 stone.

“I’d have patients there who were the same size as me and I’d have to tell them they needed to lose weight due to diabetes. It was shocking and hypocritical.

"I’ve known for a long time it was time to do something."

Since its first airing in 20, FFIT Cymru has been a popular show amongst Welsh viewers. The show takes a group of people who want to transform their lives and shows them how they can improve through healthy eating, improved fitness and improved mental health with the support and guidance of dietitians, fitness instructors and physiologists.

Due to restrictions caused by the Covid-19 crisis however, the show's format has had to change, but will continue to focus on physical health and mental well-being while self isolating during the pandemic.

Mr Jones said: “The support from the FFIT Cymru team has been amazing. I’m given a food and an exercise plan and regular phone or Skype interviews with the dietitians, physical fitness instructor and physiologist.

“A few days in and I can feel the difference.

"I now have a calorie total for each meal but the food is so tasty. I’m doing a seven mile static cycle ride every day in my house as I can’t go out due to the coronavirus restrictions. That’s followed up with 1,300 steps on the step machine.

“Amazingly, the sugar level in my blood is dropping like a stone. It’s frankly amazing."

He is aiming to bring his weight down to around 15st and hopes to pass on the help and knowledge he receives through the series to others that are in a similar situation.

To find out about his journey, tune in to FFIT Cymru on S4C at 9pm on Tuesday April 7.

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If you work in the NHS in North Wales or are planning to do something special to thank our health workers then we'd love to hear from you - contact Branwen Jones (Community Reporter) on 07876 006290 / branwen.jones@reachplc.com

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