A MAN who put on so much weight he had to be lifted out of a tanker by a crane has lost more than 15 stones.
Alwyn Thorpe, of Nell Gap Lane, Middlestown, was on the verge of a heart attack after years of fast food and takeaways.
The 60-year-old’s weight ballooned to almost 31 stones, causing him to give up work and their family home of 23 years to be repossessed.
The former railway worker suffered humiliation at work at Procor, in Horbury Junction, when he got stuck in a fuel tanker and had to be hoisted by a crane.
And after the shame of breaking a chair on a holiday with friends in Scotland, Mr Thorpe joined Slimming World in September 2010.
He has since turned his life around and lost almost 16 stone and more than 30 inches around his waist.
Mr Thorpe said: “It was so embarrassing breaking that chair. People used to stare and snigger at my size, but they don’t do that anymore, I’m just like a normal man.
“With having to pack in work and sitting doing nothing I just ballooned – I used to love going to work, I worked all over the country.
“I feel great in myself now – I’m like a 21-year-old again.”
Mr Thorpe has been crowned the Greatest Loser by his slimming club at Netherton Sports and Social Club and has been nominated in national competition to be the UK’s Greatest Loser.
Janet Curtis, leader of the group, said: “He’s a great inspiration to everybody he helps everybody in the group.
“Mr Thorpe added: “You can eat what you want, it’s all about how you cook it – I have fish and chips, we just make it at home.
I was having some really bad chest pains and Slimming World has saved my life.”