Recluse dad who gorged on 12 bacon butties a day sheds 20 stone after feeling ‘ashamed’

Recluse dad who gorged on 12 bacon butties a day sheds 20 stone after feeling ‘ashamed’

A secret sandwich lover who became a recluse after gaining weight rapidly has now lost more than 20 stone.

Scaffolder Ian Whitmore, 46, was forced to leave his job after an accident at work, and quickly piled on the pounds.

The dad-of-two, who broke his shoulder in April 2004, would gorge on 12 ham or bacon butties a day, plus other junk food, the Daily Star reports.

Ian said: “I became a recluse. I used to go on a binge at 2am in the morning after a couple of hours’ sleep.

“I’d finish off something like six sandwiches, a family-sized bag of Doritos and a Pot Noodle all in one sitting.

“I was trying to hide it from my family – I felt so ashamed but I couldn’t stop ­myself.

It was horrible – depression and anxiety kicked in and I basically lived on my sofa for years. I was so tired, I had no energy to play with the kids. I couldn’t do anything.”

Ian, who developed diabetes in 2018, ­became so large that a medical bed was ­fitted downstairs at his home in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

But since being ­inspired to change by his kids last year he has ­managed to lose over 20st in just 15 months.

Ian added: “I’m so proud. It’s been amazing, I missed out on so much and now I’m finally able to make up for lost time.”

Likewise, a 28-stone man who would munch through 4,000 calories worth of McDonald’s in one sitting has shed half his body weight after his “man boobs” grew to the same size as his wife’s C cup.

Chris Sellers said he started to pile on the pounds when he lived alone and would eat out every night, indulging regularly in Chinese takeaways and pizza.

But even after meeting wife Mattie in 2017, Chris continued to struggle with his weight and yo-yo dieting.

At one point he lost 12 stone before piling it back on; forking out $300-350 dollars a week on junk food he would proceed to binge eat.

During his worst binge, he demolished two McDonald’s Big Macs, two large fries, a milkshake and forty chicken nuggets in one sitting.

Things came to a head in 2016 when his mum died.

Chris Sellers said he started to pile on the pounds when he lived alone and would eat out every night, indulging regularly in Chinese takeaways and pizza.

But even after meeting wife Mattie in 2017, Chris continued to struggle with his weight and yo-yo dieting.

At one point he lost 12 stone before piling it back on; forking out $300-350 dollars a week on junk food he would proceed to binge eat.

During his worst binge, he demolished two McDonald’s Big Macs, two large fries, a milkshake and forty chicken nuggets in one sitting.

Things came to a head in 2016 when his mum died.

A grieving Chris started to gorge on four takeaways a day, seeing him tip the scales at more than 28 stone.

After fighting a losing battle to overcome his binge eating disorder and living a ‘miserable’ existence, the 45-year-old had gastric bypass surgery last April.

The painter’s life has now been transformed, after he dropped 15 stone and began to walk “non-stop” – something he credits with helping him lose so much weight.

Chris now shares weight loss tips with his 63,600 TikTok followers.

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