We live in a world where it's easier than ever before to indulge in food. More often than not, the unhealthy option is cheaper, and with the cost of living rising by the day, obesity is very often a symptom of poverty rather than laziness. But, as we all know, food can also be a coping mechanism when we feel down or sad, and if your life is far from rosy, it's easy to become addicted.
This was the case for 27-year-old Darren McClintock, aka Dibsy, who, in an interview on the British talk show This Morning, admitted that he's struggled with his weight since he was a teen. However, over the past few years, it's spiraled dangerously out of control - so much so that he was recently hospitalized because of the effect that it was having on his heart.
To discover how Disby ended up getting banned from his local takeaways, check out the video below:
When Disby's weight peaked at a whopping 560 lb, doctors told him that he was "eating himself to death" and it was at this point that he knew he had to take drastic action to slim down, even though he'd tried and failed to lose weight before. Thankfully, however, when bought some healthy pre-made meals, he was spotted by a man who's gone on a mission to change his life.
Speaking on This Morning, Disby said, "I've struggled with my weight since I was a teenager but this year it's declined massively. Instead of picking the healthy option I would always go for what I liked, stuff like pies, pasties, crisps and chips."
"It got to the point where my legs and back were aching all the time and I ended up in hospital."
"The doctor asked me if I want to live a long life and said I can't go on the way I am or I'd be dead before too long," Disby explained. "Seeing my mum's reaction to it all was heartbreaking, if it wasn't for that I might never have changed."
"Now I need to face up to my problem and tackle it head on, it's now or never."
"I have had a lot of finger pointing and laughing over the years and I was bullied at school."
"That's another reason for making a change now, so that I can live a normal life."
So who exactly spotted Disby and decided to give him the helping hand he needed? It was personal trainer Mike Hind. After seeing Disby in his store, Macro Based Meals, shopping for healthy meals with his mother, he knew that he had the ability to help him.
Mike is a highly sought-after personal trainer and charges his clients around $46,000 for his services.
Every year, however, he selects someone at random to help for free, and after seeing Disby and hearing about all the good work he has done for charity in his life, he decided that it was time he got the good karma he deserves.
"Dibsy is a great guy but unfortunately he hasn't taken care of himself properly," Mike said. "I was really affected by his story and motivated to help him so he can turn his life around."
To put Disby's weight into context, he is so heavy that he took up two seats on a plane and had to have his clothes specially made, which cost him more money. His immense size also meant that he is unable to work.
After being approached by Mike, Disby agreed to take his help, and praised the personal trainer for, like his doctor, telling him that if he didn't permanently change his ways, he was going to end up in an early grave.
And, in a bid to stop Disby from even being tempted by the many takeaways in his hometown of Middlesbrough, England, Mike gave each and every one of them a poster which read: "Save Dibsy. Obesity is killing him. Do not serve this man."
According to Disby, he has yet to be tempted to try and get served since he began working with Mike a week ago, however, the personal trainer said that his plan was foolproof and that the 27-year-old can't even order over the phone or online.
In addition to Mike's takeaway plan, he is helping Disby to exercise for 30 minutes a day seven days a week. While this might not sound like much, because of Disby's size, any more would be putting him in danger.
Mike also revealed that at Disby's current size, he is simply too large to use traditional equipment in the gym.
However, despite only embarking on his weight loss journey a week ago, Disby has already lost an impressive 24 lbs.
"He's made a great start, he's trying hard and most importantly smiling," Mike said.
Mike estimates that it will take around a year for Disby to get to a healthy weight and he is hoping that by then, he will have taught him everything he needs to know so that he doesn't slip back into his old ways and gets the chance to live life to the fullest for many years to come.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish Disby all the best on his weight loss journey. Hopefully, his story will inspire others who are dangerously overweight to make a change before it's too late.