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Craig Moody, 42, from Blackburn, decided to turn his life and his diet around when, at 33 stone, doctors told him he was eating himself to death.
Prior to the wake-up call, Craig refused to listen to his friends and family's warnings - the self-confessed 'human dustbin' used to munch 8,000 calories' worth of takeaways a day and neck dozens of pints of beer each and every weekend.
Speaking about his teen years, Craig said: "I would go out every Friday and Saturday night and would easily drink eight pints and eight alcopops both nights.
"I probably drank 30 drinks every weekend for about six years. I had no idea what it was doing to my body. It was just the thing to do with my mates."
Each night would be followed by a takeaway of cheesy chips, pizza or burgers, and in between he'd snack on chocolate and sweets - a lifestyle he continued well into his thirties. By the time he'd hit 37, Craig's weight had skyrocketed to 25 stone.
Although his waistline grew and his self-confidence deflated, the office worker said he buried his head in the sand. Over the next five years he put on an additional eight stone and continued to gorge on junk food in the privacy of his own home.
It wasn't until he was hospitalised with edema last year, when he had a frank discussion with a nurse who told him his days were numbered, that the 6XL food-lover decided to ditch the junk for good.
He said: "The nurse told me I was really big, massively obese. He said in his experience of working there he remembers two guys similar to me had actually died. He said I was as big as they were.
"When a nurse says that to you it really hits home.
"I made a conscious decision straight away. The penny dropped that I had to lose weight. I thought to myself that I can't go on like I am. It really scared me.
"When I was still in hospital I ordered a salad and fruit off the menu. I was determined to make a start right away."
Craig took up a 1,500-calories-a-day diet of bran flakes for breakfast, egg salad and fruit lunches and an evening meal of fish with either vegetables or salad.
In addition to overhauling his diet and making healthier choices, Craig built an at-home gym where he worked out six times a week.
And the hard work has paid off. Unbelievably, in less than a year he's shed 17st 2lb, has gone from wearing 6XL shirts to an XL and has swapped his 58-inch trousers for fitted 38-inch jeans.
"I feel like a new person. I have got a completely new wardrobe and it's second nature for me to be active," added Craig.
"I want to live my life to the full and I am proud of my myself. I want to give myself a pat on the back because I did something about it."
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