Layla Moran is one of the high-profile crop of new MPs who was elected, last year
36-year-old, with her trademark glasses, now cuts a stylish figure in Westminster
But she she was once obese and underwent weight-loss surgery at the age of 23
Published: 18:31 EDT, 3 December 2018 | Updated: 18:31 EDT, 3 December 2018
To meet Layla Moran, one of the high-profile crop of new MPs elected last year, you’d never guess she’d ever had an issue with her weight. The 36-year-old, with her trademark tortoiseshell glasses, cuts a stylish figure in Westminster.
But looks can be deceptive, and in the wake of the growing childhood obesity problem — one in five children aged ten to 11 is now obese, says Public Health England — the Liberal Democrat MP is speaking out for the first time about her own lifelong battle with weight, which culminated in her undergoing weight-loss surgery at the age of 23.
‘It’s not an easy thing to talk about,’ says Layla, who at her heaviest, in 2003, weighed nearly 19st (around 120kg; she is 5ft 6in).
‘But with more and more young people falling into the obese category, I wanted to talk about my own experiences in the hope it might help de-stigmatise it.’
Success: Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran is speaking out for the first time about her lifelong battle with weight, which culminated in her undergoing weight-loss surgery at the age of 23
The teacher-turned-MP — who last week appeared for the first time on the BBC’s Question Time and has been tipped as a future Lib Dem leader — even doubts she would have stood for Parliament if she hadn’t managed to shed the weight, which had left her with low self-esteem.
‘My weight was always an issue as a child,’ says Layla, the eldest of four. ‘When I was one, Mum started talking to doctors about my size. I think there was a genetic issue — some of my mum’s aunties were very overweight or obese.’
Unlike her two younger sisters and a brother, Layla was ‘always chubby’.
‘One of my earliest memories is Mum telling me not to have as many sweets as the other kids because I put on weight so easily,’ she recalls.
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