Mother told by her doctor to 'watch her weight' despite being 8st 4lbs

Mother-of-four who’s been ‘skinny-shamed’ for her 8st figure slams GP who told her to ‘watch her weight’ after she gained just 4lbs

  • Lesley Dunne, 32, from Hampshire has always weighed 7st 7lbs to 8st  
  • After taking break from gym, she weighs 8st 4lbs, still in healthy range for height
  • GP warned her during a check up that she ‘needs to keep an eye on that’ 
  • Now feels self-conscious undressing in front of partner and is skipping meals

A mother-of-four who was once bullied for being too skinny has slammed her GP after he told her to ‘watch her weight’ when she gained just four pounds.

Lesley Dunne, 32, from Portsmouth, Hampshire who has always weighed between 7st 7lbs and 8st, was bullied at school and labelled as ‘twiggy’ for being ‘too skinny’. 

She didn’t gain a single pound during her four pregnancies, but after taking a break from the gym while her children were on their summer holidays, her weight crept up to 8st 4lbs.

The mother from Portsmouth, Hampshire is five foot exactly. According to NHS guidelines, a healthy weight for someone of her height is between 6st 10lbs and 9st 1lb. 

But during a recent appointment, her GP told her ‘you need to keep an eye on that’, when he noticed she had gained 4lbs during a weigh-in. 


Lesley Dunne, 32, who has always weighed between 7st 7lbs and a healthy eight stone, was bullied at school and labelled as ‘twiggy’ for being ‘too skinny’. She didn’t gain a single pound during her four pregnancies, but after taking a break from the gym while her children were on their summer holidays, she enjoyed watching her weight naturally creep up and still felt healthy after weighing in at 8st 4lbs

The ‘careless’ comment made by her doctor changed everything for her earlier this month.

Lesley explained that when she was shocked by the doctor’s reaction when he weighed her, despite tipping the scales at a healthy 8st 4lbs. 

She recalled: ‘He said “you need to keep an eye on that”. It took a while to sink in when it was said. It wasn’t until the next day that it sunk in. I thought, “god, someone has actually said that to me”. 

‘Although it might not have been meant in a nasty way, he’s obviously worried that I’m becoming close to my height, weight ratio. 

‘I don’t know whether it’s that I’ve been underweight and I’ve put on weight that he’s concerned about me not being healthy. No one ever asks questions. ‘

‘For all he knew, I could have been putting on weight through muscle. I could have been doing weight training. 


The ‘careless’ comment made by her doctor changed everything for her earlier this month – as she claims he advised her to watch her weight after gaining just four pounds. Lesley explained that when she was shocked by the doctor’s reaction when he weighed her, despite tipping the scales at a healthy 8st 4lbs. Pictured: Lesley in June after she was told to watch her weight

Completely ‘disheartened’, Lesley has started skipping lunch and now feels nervous about being naked in front of her partner. 

The mum even claims her doctor’s comments have left her feeling panicky about going back to the gym.   

She said: ‘I didn’t say anything [when he made the comment] because I was a little bit embarrassed. 

‘I am aware I have put on a few pounds. I used to go to the gym two or three times a week and recently I had a little break, for no reason but for myself. I have naturally put on a few pounds. 

‘I had some issues with my health that I went to the doctor and spoke about. 

Completely ‘disheartened’, Lesley has started skipping lunch and now feels nervous about being naked in front of her partner. The mum even claims her doctor’s comments have left her feeling panicky about going back to the gym. Pictured after she was told to watch her weight

She added it was careless for the doctor to think she had gained weight through laziness.

‘You put on weight and people just assume it’s because you’re at home, sitting in front of the telly eating takeaways all the time. 

‘I’ve never actually been over eight stone before. I was really underweight as a child and used to have to see a dietitian because I was so underweight. 

‘I had four children and never put on any weight with them. So for me to have put on a bit of weight naturally, to me I actually felt good about it. 

‘But now I’m being told to watch my weight. 

‘I feel a bit confused. It’s disheartening as well. I have four children, I work part-time, I’m generally really busy and I genuinely feel really healthy as well. 

The comments have acted as a knock to her confidence, despite before being happy with her healthy body. ‘I don’t want to get caught up in the Instagram models and how they look and how you think you should look. ‘Okay I haven’t got a flat stomach, but I’m healthy and happy. Pictured after taking a break from the gym and gaining 4lbs

The comments have acted as a knock to her confidence, despite before being happy with her healthy body.

‘I don’t want to get caught up in the Instagram models and how they look and how you think you should look,’ she said.  

‘Okay I haven’t got a flat stomach, but I’m healthy and happy. 

‘Going from feeling like that to someone saying you need to watch your weight, it makes me not look at myself in the same way as I did a couple of weeks ago when I was fine. 

‘I didn’t think twice about being naked in front of my partner. But now I’m thinking, do I have to cover my stomach? Is it my legs? 

‘The thought of walking back into my gym makes me sweat a little, as dramatic as it sounds. It’s surprising how one comment just changes everything. 

Lesley claims she had always been on the slim side and even saw a dietitian as a child to help her put on weight. Cruel school bullies labelled her as ‘twiggy’ and ‘skinny Lesley’ thanks to her knobbly knees – and some even accused her of being anorexic

‘I lost a little bit of motivation but I’ve lost my confidence now. I’m such a strong-minded person that it’s annoying it has bothered me this much.’ 

Lesley claims she had always been on the slim side and even saw a dietitian as a child to help her put on weight. 

Cruel school bullies labelled her as ‘twiggy’ and ‘skinny Lesley’ thanks to her knobbly knees – and some even accused her of being anorexic. 

Even as an adult, the mum claims her passion for working out was about destressing and having fun rather than losing weight.

Lesley said: ‘I remember being in year six and people calling me “skinny Lesley”, calling me “twiggy”, things like that.

 ‘When I was young my knees used to be really knobbly and you could see my spine. People used to point out where you could see my bones and things like that. 

Lesley said: ‘I remember being in year six and people calling me “skinny Lesley”, calling me “twiggy”, things like that. ‘When I was young my knees used to be really knobbly and you could see my spine. People used to point out where you could see my bones and things like that.

‘People at school would walk past me and call me anorexic, things like that. 

‘As I’ve had children, I’ve developed more of a figure and more curves, so in the last few years I have felt more confident in myself. 

‘I went to the gym more for my mental health. It kept me focused and gave me something to focus on. 

‘I felt healthy, I liked seeing results, I liked seeing the changes in my body, I liked seeing the changes in my muscles. 

‘I found it really enjoyable and I could destress from what was going on at home. 

‘Even people then would say, “why are you going to the gym, you don’t need to lose weight” and I would say, “I’m not going to lose weight, I’m going to feel better about myself and make changes”. 

‘There was a point where I wanted my thighs to be bigger so I didn’t have a thigh gap, and that’s what I worked on. 

‘I got to a level where I’ve got a bit of meat in all the right places if that makes sense.’ 

Now the mum is speaking out to show that everyone can struggle with their weight and attract negative comments no matter what their body type. 

Lesley, who works as a massage therapist, said: ‘It’s something I think everyone needs to realise. It can happen to anyone.

 ‘It doesn’t matter what you look like – there’s always going to be something wrong with it. It’s not just a certain target of people who get called out, it seems to be everybody. 

‘Although in myself I know deep down I’m not big, because someone like a health professional has said something like that I’ve now got a mental block.

‘Every time I go to eat something, I’m giving it a second thought.

‘I tried to eat something the other day and I physically couldn’t because in my head I’m now thinking someone of a professional level is telling me off about my weight. 

‘We always believe that doctors are right and they know best, it makes you second guess everything.

‘The other day I actually skipped lunch altogether because I’m thinking maybe I should just cut out a meal a day if they think my weight is becoming an issue.

‘I’ve been told all of my life I’m underweight and I need to eat. I just wasn’t a big eater. 

‘Now obviously I have hit my 30s I have more of an appetite, I do eat more, and I’m not as stick thin as I used to be. 

‘I did use to look really ill and I feel a bit healthier now. Someone just takes that away from you and makes you feel like you’re back to square one.’ 

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