A 50-STONE man is making a desperate attempt to lose weight after doctors told him if he does not he will die.
Mark Sehman, 49, was fit and healthy in his younger days and used to be a bodybuilder.
But he has always struggled with his weight and ended up piling on the pounds.
His weight-gain spiralled out of control and at 50st he is now classed as super morbidly obese.
Mark, of Jarrow, South Tyneside, has a number of health problems and uses a machine to help him breathe at night.
He can only walk a few steps at a time and uses a wheelchair most of the time – and has been warned that if he doesn’t lose weight it could be fatal.
He said: “It’s a desperate situation. Doctors say I could die at any time – I might not be here for Christmas.”
“I’ve got sleep apnoea, which means I basically don’t breathe when I’m sleeping. I use a machine to help me breathe at night.
“I would have to lose about 15st to 20st to even be considered for any kind of gastric surgery.”
Mark has managed to shed the pounds after going on diet and fitness regimes but has always put it back on.
He added: “I’m 6ft 6ins tall, I’m a natural 20st guy. I used to be a bodybuilder. I’ve just always had a weight problem and battled with weight even when I was really young.
“In 2008, I was 40st. I did lose weight after that, I lost about 8st to 10st and I was doing really well. Then it went back up over the years and came up to 50st.”
He has embarked on a healthy diet to try and shift some weight and added: “I have a long way to go and it’s going to be a really hard journey.”
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