A FORMER swimming champion who shed 10 stone is to have his inspiring weight battle story broadcast to millions of American TV viewers in a bid to tackle the country’s obesity problems.
Paddy Bond followed in the footsteps of his wife Catherine by taking up a healthy eating regime.
She lost three stone and went on to become a Slimming World consultant.
But it’s her husband’s battle with the bulge which will be featured on the hit American TV health show ‘The Doctors’ tomorrow.
Father of four Paddy, 33, weighed 26 stone last year before taking on his challenge.
Paddy said: “Catherine lost three stone and looks amazing. I said what she can do then I could do as well. So I did,” said Paddy.
“The weight started to come off and I was always into sport so I got back into it again.
“I was told there was an appeal on Facebook for The Doctors show for people to come forward with their stories and I responded.
“If I can help anyone to lose weight, especially people in America, then I’d be delighted.”
The electrician says he will give viewers of the CBS show just one tip: “You control food – don’t let food control you.”
The Ramelton man said he saw his own weight spiral out of control after being beaten in a swimming race in his youth.
The former Ulster swimming champion gave up the sport afterwards.
“I was just fed up and started to eat and eat. I couldn’t stop,” he said.
“The pounds piled on and before I knew it I was more than 26 stone. I was even finding it hard to walk which is incredible because I used to be this athlete who went swimming at 6am every morning.
He says other people with weight issues can tackle them.
He replaced chocolate snacks with apples and was careful about what he ate.
But he said he was haunted by an image of dying young and having to be buried in a reinforced coffin.