A retired nurse who has worked with children, young people and adults. Has a special interest in the rights of young people. A vibrant confident lecturer who has had a happy fulfilling career. Since retiring Maggie has become a primary school governor.
She chairs the quality standards committee and is the lead for monitoring how ‘wellbeing’ is ensured in the school. She is member of her local PPG and also provides a voluntary advocacy service for individuals who have a variety of needs.
I feel privileged to be a member of OEN UK and excited and hopeful that persons who endure being overweight or obese may at last have an opportunity to influence policy development and ensure that it is fully implemented. I believe that as a group OEN UK can educate the government to understand that obesity is as serious as any other enduring disease. As a lifelong sufferer myself I am passionate that the psychosocial experience of obesity be understood. I have lived with guilt and shame all my life and it is as painful today as it was when I was a 5 year old, not being picked to play in a team sport.
I will be able to draw upon both my professional experience and my own lived obesity in order to encourage, empower and support the UK Champions in their role. Together we will lobby for commitment to research and treatment initiatives. Together we will dispel the many prejudicial beliefs around obesity. Together we will educate health professionals and parent groups. Ultimately, we can influence the physical and psychosocial health and wellbeing of future generations.