A man who weighs a whopping 34 stone decided to lose weight after doctors were unable to detect his heart beat – because he was so FAT.
Gargantuan Alan Belmont, 24, was shocked when doctors told him they could not find his pulse despite using a stethoscope and even an ultra-sound machine.
Stunned doctors told Alan the hospital’s machines were not powerful enough to penetrate his thick layer of blubber.
Medics eventually found a weak pulse under his arm and were able to give him a reading.
But the experience shocked Alan, who wears a staggering XXXXXL clothing, into losing weight.
Alan, from Worcester, has set himself the incredible target of losing 20 STONE – nearly half his body weight.
He said: ”I went to the hospital recently and they told me they couldn’t find my heart and I thought to myself ‘I’m a dead man walking.’
”They could not even find it using an ultra sound, which is what they use on pregnant women.
”I was quite embarrassed when the doctors said they couldn’t find my pulse. It suddenly hit me that I had to make a drastic change to my life and lose weight.
”When I get in cars I can’t get the seatbelt on so I would like to get myself fit. I would just like to be a normal person again.”
Alan currently gets #267-a-month Disability Living Allowance and claims he piled on the pounds after suffering from asthma as a child.
He was told doctors were unable detect his pulse after he went to the Royal Worcestershire Hospital last month for an annual check-up.
He said: ”I’ve had health problems all my life and had bad asthma since I was six.
”I believe the chemicals in the inhalers are partly to blame for my size because I was 20 stone in my teens.”
Alan, who admits he has become a partial recluse in recent years, has now started a rigorous exercise routine in a bid to shift the weight.
He said: ”I want to get back to 15 stone so I can play rugby again. I know I’ve got a lot to lose but I’m determined to do it.
”I keep thinking back to the look on the doctors faces when they couldn’t find a pulse and I think I never want that to happen again.”
Alan has enlisted the help of his old school mate Lloyd Bond, a fitness instructor, to give him daily get fit routines.
Lloyd said: ”We want to look at the bigger picture and get him training and eating properly so he knows what he’s doing for the rest of his life.
”Alan had a shock when he went to the hospital and now wants to change his life. He’s dedicated and that’s an important step.”