Published Monday, 09 September 2013
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The chief executive of the Public Health Agency was once carrying a few extra pounds.
But after delivering an address about obesity in January, he was challenged by a colleague to look seriously at his own health.
Eddie said: "I'd got myself in a situation where my weight had been spiralling for years and slowly and gradually going up and I was getting increasingly unfit and here I was giving a message on obesity."
Eddie had tried several diets before without much success, but what's helped him shed the pounds this time has been healthy eating and portion control.
Dr Rooney added: "Well the first thing was really to regulate the portions of food. I had just been a person who tended to stack up my plate.
"I would fill my gut to the gills and I consciously decided that I was only going to take enough food to keep myself satisfied."
Balancing healthy eating with regular activity helped Eddie keep the weight off.
He hadn't cycled in 15 years, and wasn't used to exercise.
However, now, after starting slowly, he can now manage a 20 mile trip on his new bike.
And while Eddie maintains there is still a bit of weight to lose he says he is heading in the right direction.
He added: "I've actually really enjoyed it.
"I've enjoyed taking up exercise again and the cycling.
"I'm enjoying the walking tremendously and I don't feel that I'm depriving myself, so this is really something I'm determined to keep going for good."
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