A MAN who vowed to pile on the pounds to qualify for weight loss surgery has admitted it was a stupid move.
Darin McCloud made international headlines when he told The News he was bingeing on food to qualify for weight-loss surgery.
NHS Portsmouth only considers people for the operation, similar to a gastric band, if they have a body mass index – a measure of body fat based on height and weight – of 45 and a health problem.
Mr McCloud is diabetic, but was turned down for surgery as he had a BMI of 40.
But primary care trusts can set different BMI trigger targets, depending on the demand for the operation in the area.
In a U-turn, Mr McCloud, of Stamshaw, has admitted purposely gaining weight was stupid.
The 46-year-old said: ‘I read comments on websites.
‘The people who went off on one have got no understanding of humankind – all they saw were the headlines.
‘They weren’t reading the story properly, yet they were very quick to slag people off.
‘I was trying to make the system fairer. The NHS system is run for the whole country and I firmly believe everyone should be treated the same way.
‘That is why I did what I did, which admittedly was stupid, but I was trying to bring the NHS to task.’
Mr McCloud wanted to reach 21 stone.
He was eating three-quarters of a loaf of bread, bacon rolls and four packets of crisps a day.
But now he has turned to hypnotherapy to lose weight and has lost six pounds in one week.
‘I have joined Thinking Slimmer, who use cognitive hypnotherapy to help you lose weight,’ he explained.
‘I listen to a podcast before I go to sleep every night and so far it seems to be working.
‘I’ve noticed a difference already, I feel fitter and am able to walk quicker so the benefits are amazing.
‘My biggest weight was just after Christmas when I weighed 133.5kg and my weight now is 121.9kg.
‘People with weight issues usually have some sort of deep-rooted problem.
‘That makes them use food as a fall back.
‘I’m sure everyone does it, if they’ve had a stressful day, they might turn to food.’
Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, NHS Portsmouth’s director of public health and primary care, said: ‘The whole point of having different NHS trusts is to cater for that area’s needs.
‘People talk about postcode lottery services, but medical needs differ from area to area.
‘Everywhere will have an A&E department, but specialist surgery can vary.’