The weight loss began when he underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2010. Now the 50 year old wants to have surgery to remove the hanging flesh he claims is hindering his goal to reach 17 stone.
Mr Mason’s weight began to pile on during a stressful period as a young man. His partner of four years left him in the mid-eighties and soon after, his father died, leaving him to care for his arthritic mother.
Soon enough he stopped leaving his Ipswich home and began consuming an average of 20,000 calories a day (10 x the daily recommendation), which came at a cost of £75 a day in food deliveries. The troubled man stopped sleeping, choosing instead to binge on Chinese take-aways, kebabs and fish and chips right through the night.
Mr Mason has, for the last decade, relied on carers for survival.
Mason told the BBC: “Anyone can come up to me and argue about ‘why should you get that help and why have you got that?’ We live in a free country. When I talk to them and explain what my problems are they are more understanding. It’s an illness.”
Illness or not, Mr Mason is costing the tax payers thousands for his food addiction.
The skin-removal surgery is not as simple a snipping off a few bits of skin, it involves complex plastic surgery and will prove costly for the NHS.
Doctors have decided that Mr Mason must lose more weight to qualify for the costly surgery, as patients must reach a sustainable weight before undergoing the procedure.
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