Paul Fairbridge struggled with his weight throughout his teenage years.
But after being “fat shamed” about his 23st bulk, the Middlesbrough man vowed to change his life.
The 22-year-old has since shed 10st and finally feels comfortable in his own skin.
Paul piled on the pounds due to his love for fast food.
The takeaway addict mindlessly munched his way through 4,500 calories a day.
On top of his lunch at school, he scoffed portions of chips, cookies, crisps and chocolate.
While fried chicken, pizza and processed burgers were some of his favourite mealtime treats.
These unhealthy habits soon started impacting Paul’s health.
He struggled to walk without getting out of breath, preferring to lock himself in his room playing video games.
Paul recalled: "I was always chubby. I just didn't care in my early teens and I piled it on.
"I never looked in the mirror and felt sad, I just wasn't bothered at all.
"I didn't really want to face the facts and a lot of the time I just hid in my room and played Xbox.
"I knew I was morbidly obese and that my BMI and blood pressure was really bad.
“My doctor told me that I needed to be really careful what I ate."
He explained: "My friends used to say to me that I was going to die before I was 40.
“They said they were joking but I think they were trying to tell me I needed to make a change.
"Being big was normal for me. I was never bothered by my size or anything.
"Whenever I had food people would say things like 'haven't you had enough food?'
"Over time I did start to wonder if people thought I was going to die."
As his weight hit new heights, Paul was encouraged to join a gym by a friend.
He has been strict with his fitness over the last two years, lifting weights five days a week.
The super-slimmer also ditched his takeaway habit in favour of fresh home-cooked meals.
He now follows a protein-rich diet, packing in plenty of lean chicken, eggs, tuna, rice and vegetables.
Since promising to stick to this healthier regime, Paul has shed 10st.
But while Paul was delighted with his weight loss, he was self conscious about the excess skin that was left behind.
In November he paid £3,000 to have the skin – weighing almost a stone – removed at a private clinic in the Czech Republic.
The procedure has been the best reward for the dieter’s hard work.
He said: "Before I had it done I didn't want to take my top off in public or go swimming at all. I was nothing how I wanted to look.
"When I first saw the difference I was really happy.
“It has helped my confidence massively and I feel so much better now.
"It's nice to hear people say that I look good now. I found it embarrassing at first but I like it."