34 stone man cared for by OAP dad as he can’t manage to lift a shopping bag

34 stone man cared for by OAP dad as he can’t manage to lift a shopping bag


Eddie Sawyer weighs a massive 34 stone.

The 52-year-old from Southend in Essex suffers from a range of health problems and his huge size means he suffers from severe mobility problems.

He can't even manage to carry shopping or shopping bags.

Eddie is forced to rely on his 75-year-old dad to help him with everyday, simple tasks.

He said: "I feel terrible. I love my dad to pieces but he's 75 and I should be doing that for him, not the other way round.

"Without my dad I wouldn't be able to cope."

Eddie is one of the people taking drastic action to solve their obesity problems in Channel 5 's 35 Stone Fat Fighters: Big Body Squad.

His weak spot are takeaways.

Eddie's reliance on fast food is so extreme if his local Chinese takeaway has seen him for two weeks, the call to check he's OK.

He will undergo gastric band surgery , which will reduce the size of his stomach from a football to an egg.

But this type of surgery doesn't come without its risks – because of his size Eddie has a one in 40 chance of dying on the operating table.

Thankfully he comes through the operation and after 10 days is hospital is ready to go home.

And there's one thing he does as soon as he walks through the door – rips up all his takeaway menus.

Twelve months later and Eddie has shed a massive five stone.

He's also dropped three suit sizes – and is determined to keep losing more.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Callum is one of the youngsters who has enrolled in the More Life camp for children and young people.

He weighs 35 stone and is at serious risk from a range of health problems.

But after six weeks in the programme, which aims to change mindsets as well as diet and exercise regimes, he has lost a whopping two stone.

He's also managed to complete the camp challenge – running for two miles.

And Callum's hard work didn't end when he got home.

The determined teen enlisted the help of a personal trainer and kept working out in the gym.

He has now lost a massive 15 stone.

Andrew Hawkins from Great Manchester has also opted for extreme weight loss surgery.

Weighing 30 stone, he's having the size of his stomach reduced from a football to a banana.

Andrew struggles with a range of health problems, including Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure .

His massive size means he struggles to do even light exercise like walking, something that devastates his young son, Joe, and his wife, Karen.

Following his operation, 47-year-old Andrew works with expert physio Sara Hawkins who comes up with an exercise plan to help him shed the pounds.

But it's a struggle for the dad-of-one, who has been unable to do any physical activity for several years.

Just seven weeks after his surgery, Andrew has managed to lose a massive five weeks.

But this in itself is causing problems.

As Andrew can only eat very little, he has to be extremely careful about what he has for his meals.

Physio Sara explains: "He is in danger of being malnourished. This can be quite common with patients who have had this surgery.

"They can't eat as much as they used to so they have to make sure they're eating well – small amounts but of good food."

Raymond Hughes from Daventry, Northamptonshire, weighs 32 stone.

He also suffers from chronic arthritis and this coupled with his weight means he has barely been able to get out of bed for the last two years.

Raymond has to rely on the help of his carer, Caroline Mayberry, for simple tasks like washing, dressing and even making sure he drinks enough water as his lack of mobility means he can't get his own drinks and is at risk of becoming dehydrated.

The 52-year-old is hoping to have weight loss surgery but has been told he needs to lose two stone before he can be considered for the operation.

For someone who is virtually bedbound, this presents problems.

Occupational therapist Lorraine Marsh devises a plan which involves stretches and exercises raymond can do in bed or sitting down.

He said: "Sometimes you have to battle with your mind. If something doesn't happen as quickly as you'd like it to, you can't give up.

  • Channel 5's 35 Stone Fat Fighters: Big Body Squad is on tonight at 10pm

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