Former 30 stone Newham man wants to get people running
PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 August 2017
A Newham resident who once weighed 30 stone and could only run nine seconds on a treadmill has set up a running group.
Kayes Uddin, 36, of Burnels Avenue, East Ham, lost 17 stone after doctors warned he could face death within two years after developing sleep apnoea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and liver disease.
Following gastric surgery in 2011, the Newham Council employee dramatically slimmed down by eating well - albeit very small amounts - and running races including a half marathon.
Kayes, who once ate up to 5,000 calories a day, now leads 5km lunchtime runs with his colleagues around Beckton’s parks and hopes to inspire others to take up sport.
“I never thought I could run a mile, never mind 13,” the married father-of-three said.
“A lot of people say to me ‘Well you took the easy route with the surgery but there is a lot of help out there including the Active Newham website and various groups so just search for them and speak to your doctor.”
His running group now manage 5km per 28 minutes after initially taking up to an hour to do so when they started three months ago.
“When you are away from the computer, everyone has a bit of a joke,” said Kayes, adding the presence of runners in parks is also good for deterring anti-social behaviour.
Former customer service worker Kayes said his confidence was so boosted after his weight loss, he applied for a new job within the council and now hopes to work in management.
His inspiring example has also helped wife Lutsa, 34, lose five stone and encouraged the family to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
Best of all, Kayes says he longer dreads hearing hurtful comments while out on the street.
“Every time you would walk out you would hear people say ‘Look at that guy’,” he said.
“It is a little embarrassing especially when you have your children and wife with you.
He added: “Now it feels really nice when children come up to my kids and say ‘Who is that guy with you? He looks really young’ and they say, ‘He is my dad’.”
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