Zach Moore, 36, from Pierson in Florida, was so sure his obesity would kill him that he made a “goodbye video” for his eight-year-old son, Zach Jr.
In the heartbreaking clip, Zach recorded himself reading Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, so his son would have something to remember him by.
Three years ago, he weighed in at a staggering 33 stone, with a BMI of 60.
Zach felt like he was “playing Russian roulette” with his life by “eating himself to death”, and ended up in hospital with food poisoning in 2013.
It was a turning point, and made the flabby dad realise he had to change his life if he wanted to be there for his son and his wife, Amber, 30.
So fizzy drinks, fags and sugar were out, and weight-loss surgery was in.
With the help of a gastric bypass and an exercise routine which involved 10,000 steps a day, Zach shed 25 stone in under two years.
But such a drastic transformation left Zach with two stone of excess skin hanging off his body which caused sores, infections and made it hard to move.
Since then he’s been under the knife to remove the skin and, five months after his final op, Zach is loving his new life – particularly being able to play with his son.
The ab dad, who promotes MMA fights, said: “I truly felt like my life was coming to an end. I knew it was near. It’s not a good feeling knowing that all you have left to offer your family is memories.”
“I almost ate myself to death, but instead I found inner strength and worked very hard to get to where I am today.”
“The thought of not being around kicked me into gear. I didn’t want my son growing up with a tombstone for a father and it pushed me to keep fighting during the hard moments.”
“I watch that video all the time. It’s brought me to tears thinking I was so close to not being here. Because I fought so hard I can now tell my story to others.”
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