A four year battle to lose 17 stone has left a Doncaster man needing life-changing skin removal treatment - which he claims he has been refused by the NHS.
Jacob Horner ballooned to 28 stone at the age of 16 which was when he decided he needed to take drastic action.
For the first year he undertook a diet plan but then chose to hit the gym and his hard work paid off.
Jacob, who lives at home with his mum Sharon in Leicester Avenue, Intake, has lost so much weight that he now carries folds of excess skin which he is desperate to get removed.
The 20-year-old, whose waist size has shrunk from 58 inches to 30 and who has gone from a 4XL T-shirt to a medium, said the whole situation is making him feel down.
He added: “I was overweight from being a baby and I tried different diets but nothing seemed to work until I tried The Cambridge Diet.
“I feel a lot better health-wise but I’m really down because of the skin. I feel that I can’t move on. I’m annoyed that I’ve done this all by myself and if I had got a gastric band through the NHS then I would have been accepted for the surgery.”
Jacob now weighs 13 stone after bulking up through lifting weights.
Sharon claimed that health professionals have refused to take away the loose skin as they believe Jacob is fat because he has a high body mass index after he turned fat into muscle.
She added: “He has been left with lots of loose skin and had been declined help on the NHS twice because they go on a patient’s BMI.
“He has worked so hard at the gym and is so disappointed. He’s only 20 so hasn’t had a life yet.
“He wanted to lose weight for his own health.
“He’s so depressed because he has worked so hard, he hardly dare go out. It’s painful and his clothes pinch. I think the whole thing is really unfair.”
The Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said it does not have any clinical data about Jacob to be able to make a decision on his individual case.
A spokesman added: “We can commission surgery but it will depend on the individual’s circumstance.
“We would advise that he goes to see his GP as there is funding available to pay for surgery following extreme weight loss but there are criteria to meet.
“He needs to discuss his situation and that would be the best starting point.”