Richard Landon, 47, binged on beer, pies and takeaways after being laid off from his job with Barclays bank after 25 years. His weight reached a maximum of 30 stone before he decided to get help
'When I was big I never knew if I was going to make it to the end of the dance, and on the way to one event I even split my trousers.
'I wasn’t giving the team my all and didn’t want to let them down so I had to quit.'
He said: 'The hardest part was walking through the doors for that first meeting, but I knew if I didn’t go then I would never bite the bullet.'