A 33st super-slimmer is literally half the man he used to be after he lost a staggering 17st when medics told him he was eating himself to death.
Craig Moody, 42, tipped the scales at 33st thanks to decades of gorging on 8,000 calories worth of takeaways a day and downing 20 pints of beer every weekend.
He ignored friends warnings – and his waistline grew – but when a nurse told him his days were numbered the 6XL food addict decided to ditch the junk food for good.
The former self-confessed “human dustbin” overhauled his diet and built an at-home gym where he worked out six times a week.
In less than a year Craig shed 17st 2lb – and tracked his progress by posing for photos with his nieces at ten week intervals, creating an impressive gallery of progress pics.
In less than a year he has gone from wearing 6XL shirts to an XL and has swapped his 58-inch trousers for fitted 38-inch jeans.
Single office worker Craig from Blackburn, Lancs., who now weighs 15st 12lb 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.
“The difference it has had on my life is amazing. I am so much more confident now.
“I feel like I am floating and people have been giving me so many positive comments.
“I feel like a new person. I have got a completely new wardrobe and it’s second nature for me to be active.
“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.”
Craig said while he was a “big lad” at school he took part in weekly football sessions and described himself as “chubby but active”.
He left school aged 16 and whilst living with parents, took up a part-time job which earned him enough cash to go partying with mates every single weekend.
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 out would be followed by a calorific takeaway of cheesy chips, pizza or burger, and Craig’s weight hit 17st aged 21 in 1997.
He maintained a similar lifestyle for years and by the time he hit 37, in 2013, Craig’s weight had rocketed to 25st and his eating began to spiral out of control.
Day to day Craig ate takeaway food for lunch and dinner and would snack on chocolate and sweets to quench cravings.
Craig says he “buried his head in the sand” and would avoid looking in the mirror has his weight continued to rise.
“I just dismissed my weight and never came to terms with how fat I was getting”, said Craig.
“I was getting no exercise and was completely sedentary.
“I stayed at home in the evenings and getting about day to day was a struggle.
“My mum and dad told me they were concerned about my weight but I foolishly ignored them.
“I tried a couple of diets but never stuck to them. I let myself down.”
Over the next five years Craig piled on an incredible eight stone and said he was a “human dustbin”.
He began to skip breakfast and only eat a sandwich for lunch, but in the privacy of his own home, Craig would gorge on huge amounts of food.
At least four times a week Craig would eat a large portion of pie and chips from the local chip shop with eight or more slices of buttery bread and a fizzy drink.
He loved sausage rolls and “vast amounts of bread”, and would eat a full family-sized packet of crisps whilst sat in front of the TV after dinner.
Craig said: “I never really felt full or sick. I could eat huge amounts of food.
“It was binge eating. That’s the only way to describe it. I’m not sure how I managed to hold a job down.
“My immediate family showed they cared. A close friend said to me when I was 40 that if I carry on I wouldn’t see 45.
“He cared about me and was giving me a proper warning but I took no notice at all.
“Getting around was difficult for me at times. I would get out of breath walking up the stairs and just walking to the end of the street was an effort.
“I just ate for the sake of it. It was a disgusting amount of food.”
It was this over-indulgent lifestyle that landed Craig in hospital for 18 days a year ago, when his weight hit 33st.
He was admitted to hospital and was diagnosed with edema after scans showed his body being “flooded” with excess fluid.
Craig said: “It was all caused by my weight. My organs were basically drowning in my own fluid.
“I was so overweight that my body couldn’t excrete fluid.”
Craig was hooked up to a drip and passed seven litres of water in just 12 hours.
Hospital scans showed his weight was causing a strain on his heart and he was suffering with sleep apnea – causing him to stop breathing during the night.
During his short stay in hospital he had a frank chat with a hospital nurse that Craig believes “saved his life”, in April last year.
Craig said: “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.”
After leaving hospital Craig took up a 1,500-calorie a day diet of bran flakes for breakfast, egg salad and fruit lunches and an evening meal of fish with either vegetables or salad.
His mum, Barbara, 70, bought him an exercise bike and a work pal gave him a treadmill they no longer used, while and Craig bought himself a rowing machine.
He has his own gym at home and works out six times a week.
In less than a year Craig shed almost 17st, and now does 22-miles a time on his bike, and loves long walks.
Proud Craig said: “It has changed my life for the better and I would never look back now.
“I regret how I used to look.
“I wasted ten years of my life. I lost a decade and I want to make up for lost time.”
He is continuing his weight loss journey and aims to reach 14st.