I'd made a concerted effort to improve my fitness and lose weight, but no matter how much I cycled (ten miles three times a week, 50 miles at weekends), no matter how healthily I ate, the pounds still went on. Fern enjoying the sunshine on holiday in Cornwall with her family after her gastric band surgery.
would check my sugar and cholesterol levels and they were always fine. But then suddenly, in the summer of 2006, they weren't.
'We really have to do something about your weight,' she said.