Morbidly obese man who wore XXXL clothes after years scoffing kids’ leftovers sheds 14st to run marathon
13:47 GMT, 11 May 2012
A father of four who became morbidly obese after mopping up leftovers on his children's plates is celebrating after shedding an incredible 14 stone.
Darren Abbots from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, had a 57 inch waist, wore size XXXL clothes and tipped the scales at 28 stone 11lbs.
But now the 41-year-old weighs a healthy 14 stone 2lbs and has his sights set on the London marathon after a chance encounter with a dieting consultant spurred him to kick his food habit once and for all.
Fighting fit: After letting his weight get out of control (left) Darren is now a keen runner (right)
Darren first met Slimming World consultant Debbie Orwell when she walked into a local shop where he was working in August 2010.
After she told him about her husband's transformation he decided to start attending classes and the pounds slowly slipped away.
After shedding almost half his body weight he now has a 36 inch waist and can fit into size medium clothes.
Darren said: 'I was never big as a teenager but the weight crept on over a number of years.
'We only used to have takeaway now and
again but having four children I used to eat their leftovers. I wasn't
really worried about my weight but when I bumped into Debbie and asked
her whether she helped men lose weight she told me about her husband's
My son called me into the garden recently and pointed out how much more space there was on the washing line.
'It was a real 'eureka' moment and a light switched on in my head.'
He initially set himself a target of
losing 12 stone but went on to lose almost a further two – taking his
total weight loss to 13st 12-and-a-half pounds.
Dareen, who now runs up to five times each week, added: 'My son called me into the garden recently and pointed out how much more space there was on the washing line.
I lost the weight, just one pair of jeans, a jumper and a t shirt would
take up three quarters of it. Now there is room for everyone else's
Darren's wife Trish, 38, also managed to lose two-and-a-half stone, reversing her type two diabetes which she had suffered with for the past 14 years.
The couple will run 13.1 miles in the Weston-super-Mare half marathon on September 23 and Darren has registered for the 2013 London Marathon.