Googlebox’s Amy Tapper says six stone family weight loss saved her dad’s life during battle with coronavirus – The Sun
GOGGLEBOX star Amy Tapper has credited her family's six stone weight loss with her helping her father overcome coronavirus.
Jonathan Tapper, 52, was left fighting for his life as his distraught family, who also caught Covid-19, anxiously watched by his bedside.
Now, 20-year-old Amy has spoken out about how her father's recovery may have been completely different if he hadn't lost three stone after a devastating diabetes diagnosis.
"If we hadn’t lost the six stone last year when we did, could this have been a different outcome for us? I just don’t know," said Amy.
Both Amy and her father lost three stone each after taking part in the Do The Unthinkable Diet with Muscle Foods.
"It’s public knowledge that in most cases, the healthier you are when you contract Coronavirus, the more likely you are to survive. I can’t even begin to think about what might have happened to dad – and to me – if we hadn’t changed our lives last year," she continued.
"Dad is now taking it easier but the rest of us are fully well now," she said.
"I know that if he wasn’t eating right and taking care of himself, things could have been a lot worse for him."
Jonathan slimmed down from 21st 3lb to 18st 8lb and also saw his waist shrink down from 44 inches to 38.
Amy first appeared on Channel 4's Gogglebox in 2013 alongside parents Nikki and Jonathan, and brother Josh.
She credited going to the gym with shedding three stone and dropping three dress sizes, and she added: "I want it to be a long term thing and I want it to be forever.
"I feel a lot better, my energy levels a lot higher, I can do more things."
Jonathan's wife Nikki, 47, confirmed his diagnosis to the Daily Star revealing that he came from work and was unable to move.
“He had a cough and high temperature. He laid down on the sofa and – with no exaggeration – he stayed there for two weeks in our lounge room," she shared.
Doctors told the family to keep Jonathan at home and he was attached to an oxygen monitor.
“I tried to keep calm, asking him all the time if he could breathe," said Nikki.
"I felt that I couldn’t think straight because I was so unwell myself at the time too. Amy was crying."
A spokesman for the family said: "I can confirm that the Tapper family all contracted Covid-19. We are really pleased to say the family are better – Jonathan is at the very end of his recovery and is now taking it easy."
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