A man who weighs 20 stone has said that he intends to put on weight because he is not fat enough to qualify for weight-loss surgery.
Darin McCloud was told he did not qualify for a gastric bypass because he did not meet the criteria for the operation.
The 45-year-old, from Portsmouth, now plans to go on a get-fat-quick diet to tip the scales at more than 21 stone – the weight deemed necessary by his local NHS primary care trust.
He says he is eating three-quarters of a loaf of bread, four packets of crisps and bacon rolls each day to put on the weight.
Mr McCloud, who suffers from diabetes, said he wanted the operation as he believed it would mean he could come off the insulin treatment for the condition.
He told the Portsmouth News: “I have had diabetes for the best part of 15 years and I’m absolutely scared of being a burden on my family in the future – but I still eat, and that I can’t get my head around.
“There is a switch somewhere but I can’t turn it off. That is the crux of the matter and why I need help.”
Mr McCloud first applied for the operation, which is similar to having a gastric band fitted, in September 2009.
He says he has put on about a stone and a half since then and his current body mass index (BMI) is 43.5.
NHS Portsmouth requires a BMI of 45 before it will consider a patient for the surgery.