Beaming towards the camera as a toothy 10-year-old, Carl Thompson is the picture of health as he poses in his family’s back garden.
But more than 20-years-later the once rosy-cheeked boy is facing death after ballooning to 65 stone to become Britain’s fattest man.
Consuming 10,000 calories-a-day by gorging on takeaways and whole loaves of bread, the 32-year-old is too heavy to walk or wash himself.
He is confined to the ground floor flat where he lives alone in Dover, Kent, kept company by a team of NHS carers who come to bathe him and cook for him every day.
Living off a combination of incapacity benefits and a disability allowance, Mr Thompson spends roughly £200 every week on takeaways and online food shopping.
He has not had a job since he was 17 when he worked in a food factory. At the time Mr Thompson said he ate everything the factory didn’t sell.
But after the death of his mother in 2012 from a brain tumour, Mr Thompson turned to food as a means of coping with his grief.
With food as his only source of comfort, he doubled in weight from 30 to 65 stone in just three years and became housebound.
That’s how I put all this weight on. I was very close to my mum,’ he said speaking of his mother.
‘She was fantastic, and I still haven’t got over it.’
Now his days normally begin with a fry-up breakfast of four sausages, five fried eggs, a pan-full of mushrooms and fried bread.
Lunch can be a bowlful of pasta, chips, bacon, pork pies, crisps, pasties, sandwiches and chocolate and dinner a takeaway.
Since he is unable to leave the house Mr Thompson relies on online shopping deliveries and takeaways.