Teen in NHS cash plea for slimming.
A 16-YEAR-OLD girl once dubbed Britain's fattest teen is to make a desperate plea for NHS funding to continue her successful weight loss programme in America.
Georgia Davis has lost more than 14 stone during the last nine months at the Wellspring Academy in North Carolina.
She tipped the scales at 33 stone before adopting a healthy eating plan, taking up exercise and undergoing cognitive behaviour therapy to counter her fatty food impulses.
A spokesman for the academy said her scholarship ends in December - six months short of the stay they say Georgia requires. It would cost pounds 20,000 to extend her stay at the academy to June.
Georgia, who returned to her home in Aberdare, South Wales, this week, has arranged to meet with her local MP Ann Clwyd to discuss the case.
Georgia said she would not give up on her goal to shed another six stone and reach her target weight of 12 stone if the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf Local Health Board didn't provide the cash.
She said a structured diet has seen her daily calorie intake reduce from 13,000 per day to just 1,200.
Asked on 5 Live whether she was tempted to abandon healthy eating, Georgia replied she wasn't, adding: "I really didn't want to be that person any more. I wanted to change, and I've wanted to change for a long time."
A spokeswoman for the Wellspring Academy said: "Prior to going to the academy, she had been receiving hospital treatment because her weight had impacted on her health.
"Her (type 2) diabetes has now disappeared and she is doing really well."
Initially the local health board turned the first application for funding down.
Lynda Williams, nurse director at the Rhondda Cynon Taff Teaching Local Health Board, said: "The health board congratulates Georgia on her achievement.
"Now that Georgia has returned home, arrangements are in hand to assess her healthcare needs and ensure that measures are put in place to help her maintain this excellent progress."
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Jun 24, 2009|
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