Morbidly obese man banned from takeaways as trainer tries to save him

‘Do NOT feed Dibsy!’: Morbidly obese 30 STONE junk food fan, 27, is BANNED from takeaways after personal trainer gave out leaflets in a bid to save his life

  • Darren McClintock, aka Dibsy, is getting help from personal trainer Mike Hind 
  • 27-year-old took action after doctors told him he is eating himself to death 
  • Mike handed leaflets to Middlesbrough takeaways saying ‘obesity is killing him’

A morbidly obese man has been banned from all his local takeaways in a desperate bid to save his life.

Darren McClintock, 27, weighs 30 stone and takes up two seats on a plane. 

But he decided to take drastic action when doctors told him he was ‘eating himself to death’ and hired personal trainer Mike Hind to help him slim down.

Tackling his weight problem head on Mike went on a tour of Darren’s, better known as Dibsy, favourite takeaways in his home town of Middlesbrough.  

Mike has handed all of them leaflets saying: ‘Save Dibsy. Obesity is Killing Him. Do Not Serve This Man.’

Morbidly obese Darren McClintock, also known as Disby (pictured left) has hired personal trainer Mike Hind to help him get into shape and live a longer life 


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Dibsy was eating pasties, chips and pies daily before being given the urgent wake up call when he was hospitalised with heart problems. 

But now he has committed to a healthy lifestyle and exercise regime with Mike’s help.   

At the moment Dibsy has to book two seats on planes and order specially sized clothing that costs extra.

Mike has handed all of his local takeaways in Middlesbrough leaflets ordering them not to serve Dibsy in a bid to save his life 

He was served the wake up call after being admitted to hospital because his heart was beating too fast, when he says he could have died.

Dibsy said: ‘I’ve struggled with my weight since I was a teenager but this year it’s declined massively.

‘Instead of picking the healthy option I would always go for what I liked, stuff like pies, pasties, crisps and chips.

‘It got to the point where my legs and back were aching all the time and I ended up in hospital.

‘The doctor asked me if I want to live a long life and said I can’t go on the way I am or I’d be dead before too long.

‘Seeing my mum’s reaction to it all was heartbreaking, if it wasn’t for that I might never have changed.

‘Now I need to face up to my problem and tackle it head on, it’s now or never.’

He added: ‘I have had a lot of finger pointing and laughing over the years and I was bullied at school.

Mike is pictured training with Disby on a day out in his home town of Middlesbrough 

‘That’s another reason for making a change now, so that I can live a normal life.’

Each year personal trainer Mike takes on a client for free.

He received around a thousand applications but was drawn to Dibsy when he saw him with his mum.

They’ve only been working together since the weekend but Dibsy has already lost 1st 7lbs.

Mike, who runs a healthy food company called Macro Based Meals, is also providing fully tailored and prepared meals for Dibsy everyday.

He said: ‘Dibsy is a great guy but unfortunately he hasn’t taken care of himself properly.

‘I was really affected by his story and motivated to help him so he can turn his life around.

‘He’s made a great start, he’s trying hard and most importantly smiling.’

Mike thinks it could take up to a year for Dibsy to get down to a healthy weight.

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