Mum and daughter effort to beat obesity

Linda Feeley, left and her daughter Leah Feeley. Leah has started a free nutrition club in Banbury. NNL-150127-124004009
Linda Feeley, left and her daughter Leah Feeley. Leah has started a free nutrition club in Banbury. NNL-150127-124004009
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A daughter is helping her mother lose weight while educating Banbury residents on nutrition.

Leah Feeley, 27, of Banbury, is on a mission to tackle obesity in the town through free meetings which offer education and support.

Leah, a senior partner at 2 Angels, who delivered the Change 4 Life campaign for Oxfordshire County Council last summer, felt she was 
not practising what she preached.

She said: “I’m obese but I used to be really obese. I’d suffered a nervous breakdown two months ago and was sleeping 20 hours a day.

“A friend suggested I went to a healthy eating talk.

“I’m now only 20 pounds overweight; I’m living my life not sleeping it away and now I want to help others.” With the help of friends with plenty of nutritional expertise, she decided to start sessions earlier this month where she shares clean eating advice and recipes.

The plan is for the programme to initially last six weeks and the attendants will follow the journey of her 55-year-old mother Linda, who is suffering from several weight-related illnesses such as Sciatica and asthma.

She is also receiving benefits, so Leah aims to prove healthy eating is affordable.

The sessions are at Banbury & Bicester College from 6pm-7pm on Thursdays. Leah’s friend Queenie Goudie holds a Zumba class afterwards.