Man called a salad-dodger by youths loses almost 18st
A charity worker lost nearly 18st after youths called him a "salad-dodger".
Derek Avery (54), who weighed almost 32st, was diagnosed with diabetes the same day he found out he might lose his job at a mental health charity.
On a day he calls "Fateful Thursday", the Geordie, who had high blood pressure, was told by his employers they had concerns about his ability to do his job.
Then, on the journey home from his office on Thursday June 5 last year, Mr Avery received abuse from two gangs of youths in passing cars.
He said: "I cried when I got home and the tears stung, but looking back it was the perfect storm because had those things happened on different days they might not have prompted me to take action in the same way."
Under the advice of sister-in-law nurse Sue, Mr Avery attended a Slimming World session two days later in Jesmond, Newcastle. Yesterday he was named Slimming World's Man of the Year.