Son photo fuels father’s weight bid


Published: Saturday 24th January 2015 by The News Editor

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A father who once gorged daily on burgers and takeaways has shed four-and-a-half stone in 12 months after his weight made him feel like a “failed parent”.

David Eyres, 34, a self-employed landscape gardener from Oldham, had been overweight since his 20s but his weight accelerated to 18 stone when he turned to food for comfort after his father died from cancer in 2009.

His daily diet consisted of a bacon sandwich for breakfast, a McDonald’s Big Mac and a cheeseburger with chips and a fizzy drink for lunch, and an Indian takeaway curry with chips, onion bhajis and naan bread for dinner as well as family-size packets of crisps and chocolate bars as snacks.

It left him unable to play with his children and struggling to carry out his work.

But a photo of the father-of-three posing with his son Ben while at his heaviest spurred him in to action and 12 months later he is barely recognisable as the same person.

He said: “I would get out of breath easily, even just climbing the stairs in our house, so I didn’t really play games or sports with the kids and I worried I was setting a bad example to them.

“I tried to put it to the back of my mind but when I saw the photo of me and my eldest son Ben, who was eight at the time, I knew I needed to do something.

“I was the heaviest I’d ever been and my confidence level was pretty much zero. That photograph was a real wake-up call.

“Work is a lot easier now and I’ve joined a gym. Best of all, I can run around with the kids and practice rugby with Ben at the park – I’ve gone from feeling like a failed parent to feeling like a proud dad.”

Mr Eyres joined his local Slimming World club where he was encouraged to cook home made meals and supported in starting exercise, Within a year his weight had dropped to 13st 5lbs, a weight loss of 4st 7lbs, and his waistline shrunk from 38 inches to 30 inches.

The father, who joined the club with his wife Kelly for support, was named Mr Sleek 2015 by the national organisation in celebration of his transformation.

He added: “I’ve been overweight for more than a decade, so it’s amazing to me to think that anyone would describe me as ‘sleek’.

“My youngest son Max, who’s four, loves telling everyone that his daddy doesn’t have a big belly anymore though – my kids are my biggest supporters.”

Published: Saturday 24th January 2015 by The News Editor

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