24-stone Plymouth man on Supersize TV show
A TAKEAWAY driver who was forced to face up to his eating habits for a weight loss TV show says he feels like a new man.
Lewis Marley, known as LJ, took part in Channel 4's Supersize v Superskinny last year after reaching 24 stone with a 59 inch waist.
As part of the show he swapped diets with Katie Reeve, who weighs just 6 stone 11 pounds and eats "childlike" portions.
He also visited the USA to meet a woman whose weight left her confined to a wheelchair, and saw how his beloved takeaway food is really made.
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Mr Marley, 24, who lives in Hornchurch Road, Ernesettle, said he contacted the producers of the show after the breakdown of his relationship prompted him to re-assess his life.
"I have been on a bit of a journey for the last couple of months," he said.
"I was genuinely unhappy about my weight and wanted to have a healthier lifestyle.
"I was not unhappy with the way I looked, but I realised I needed to address issues for the future and get myself healthier.
"It has been really amazing. I have got to do some really cool things that I would never have got to do otherwise."
The show, which will be screened on Channel 4 tonight at 8pm, follows Mr Marley's experience as he travelled to Oklahoma City to meet a lady who weighed 50 stone.
He said: "She was wheelchair-bound, and the conditions she lived in where appalling.
"That had a big impact on me, it was quite upsetting."
Mr Marley lost one stone three pounds over the course of the show and says he is sticking to his new regime.
"I definitely feel a lot healthier," he said. "I have noticed my clothes fit better, I am feeling better about myself, which has been the best part about it."