For half her life, doctors told Deborah to lose weight, but something else was going on

To Deborah Savage, a trip to the doctor was frequently an exercise in humiliation.

For more than 15 years, Savage’s doctors doled out the same advice: You need to stop gaining weight. When Savage replied that she had tried watching her diet and exercising, only to pack on more pounds, it was clear they simply didn’t believe her. Her family was equally skeptical.

Savage decided to take a new approach to food. She began following a paleo diet, which emphasises meat, vegetables, nuts and fruit, and drastically reduces the intake of carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods.

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