Op that lopped off eight stone for Leeds office manager

David Learmonth.
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An office manager has been transformed after he lost a massive EIGHT stone.

David Learmonth is almost unrecognisable after he slimmed from over 20 stone to just 11 stone, 11 pounds.

The 43-year-old managed the feat thanks to gastric band surgery and a change in his diet and exercise regime.

He said: “This has definitely been a life changing procedure for me.

“I feel 100 per cent better in myself and am reaping the benefits of weight loss. I feel healthier, I have more confidence in myself and am enjoying being able to do so many more activities. It’s also great to be able to buy clothes in normal sizes.”

David, from Horsforth, Leeds, had suffered problems with his weight since childhood but the death of his father four years ago led to him comfort eating.

He also struggled with low self-esteem and had back pain, which made exercise difficult.

“I was an emotional eater,” said David. “I would eat crisps and biscuits and lots of pasta and sauces. I’ve always enjoyed cooking and at meal times would pile my plate high.”

Though he did not have other health problems, 6ft David decided to take action after reading an article about a female celebrity who lost seven stone after gastric band surgery.

He chose to have the laparascopic gastric band surgery at Spire Leeds Hospital in Roundhay, and underwent the op in September 2011.

Following the surgery, he has lost weight steadily by eating smaller portions and exercising, and had a tummy tuck to remove excess skin earlier this year.

David, who is single, said he was delighted with his new look: “I’ve just been on holiday in Marbella and was able to take my top off on the beach, something I would not have dreamt of doing before.”

His surgeon, consultant Simon Dexter from Spire Leeds Hospital, said: “David has done well, because he has learnt to work with the band to enable him to improve his diet.”

OBESITY SURGERY FACTFILE

Laparoscopic gastric band surgery is one of several weight loss procedures. It involves the placement of an adjustable ring close to the top of the stomach. The ring is adjusted by injecting fluid into a port device that is accessible with a needle. This decreases the diameter of the ring and holds up food passing through the stomach. The band is adjusted to the level appropriate for the individual patient, and this is done several times over the first few months.

Obesity is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK, with 61.3 per cent of adults and 30 per cent of children aged between two and 15 overweight or obese.

Health problems associated with being overweight cost the NHS more than £5 billion every year.