Canterbury District Health Board executive director of Māori and Pacific Islands Health, Hector Matthews has lost 27 kilograms in almost seven months after getting “a hell of a shock” on the scales.
About a year ago Hector jumped on the scales to discover that he weighed 105kg and at 168cm tall this gave him a Body Mass Index of 37.2,which is considered obese.
“I have struggled with kai [food] and weight for most of my life and I have fluctuated between a reasonable weight, fit and healthy, to being very overweight, unfit and healthy and all points in between.”
“I know a lot about Māori health and life expectancy and I know that it’s rare for Māori, particularly Māori men, to see their great-grandchildren because they tend not to live long enough,” he said.
“I became determined for this not to happen for my whanau.”
Using applications on his phone to keep a track of his calorie intake, daily exercise and overall progress he was able to drop 27 kilograms weighing in at 78kg in March this year. Hector reports that his energy levels are higher, and that Māori men who wanted to get fit needed to “change their lifestyles to allow them to be healthy.”
He still weighs himself every day to check he’s still mainiaing the weightloss and not letting the kilos sneak back in.