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Thursday 18 December 2014

Electrician named 'greatest loser'

Slimming World's Greatest Loser Dean Worrall, 36, with a cardboard cut-out of his former self
Slimming World's Greatest Loser Dean Worrall, 36, with a cardboard cut-out of his former self
Dean Worrall previously tipped the scales at 33 stone (Slimming World/PA Wire)

An electrician who lost half his 33-stone body weight has been named Slimming World's Greatest Loser of 2013.

Dean Worrall, 36, decided to slim down after he was made redundant and could not fit into chairs at job interviews and was stared at in the street.

Mr Worrall, from Stourbridge, West Midlands, had piled on the pounds by gorging on 18-inch pizzas, entire tubs of ice cream, chips, pies and full English breakfasts.

When he started his weight-loss regime in August 2010, Mr Worrall, who is 6ft 4in, weighed 33st 6lb. He now tips the scales at 16st 6lb - a staggering loss of 17st in less than three years.

The electrician, who got back into work shortly after starting sessions at Slimming World, said he used to struggle to fit into vans, climb ladders and squeeze into small spaces.

He said: "My weight impacted on every aspect of my work to the point where, if I'm honest, I struggled to do my job properly, and when I needed a new van there were only a few models I could have because I couldn't fit into the front seat of lots of them. When I was made redundant I wondered, who would ever want to hire a 33st electrician?"

Mr Worrall began rapidly gaining weight when he started work at the age of 16 and would drive to fast-food joints and takeaways every day. He had soon ballooned to a size 6XL, with a 68in waist, and could only fit into clothes he bought from specialist websites. But now Mr Worrall wears size XL clothes and 40in trousers.

The pounds began to fall off when he switched to a diet of porridge, fat free yoghurt, fresh fruit and vegetables and lean meat and fish.

He added: "I'm loving life again and would recommend anyone who's thinking about trying to lose weight, whether it's just a stone or two or a lot like me, to go for it. I'd never have believed I'd be here less than three years later and half the man I was with a whole new life to look forward to, but it's true."

The Slimming World's Greatest Loser is given to the slimmer who has lost the most weight with the club in a year.

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