Slim­mer loses 18 stone in a year

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A young man who lost 18st in just over a year is plan­ning to un­dergo surgery to re­move loose skin caused by his dra­matic weight loss.

Jack Tow­ers, from Ash­ford, joined Slim­ming World af­ter doc­tors warned he was close to de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes.

Mr Tow­ers weighed 34st when he started the weight loss plan in Jan­uary last year, but has now reached his tar­get weight of 15st af­ter stick­ing to it for over a year.

Now the 21-year-old is plan­ning to have a full body lift to re­move the loose skin.

The surgery, not avail­able on the NHS, is go­ing to cost £25,000.

“I have thought about hav­ing the loose skin surgery ever since I have lost weight,” he said.

“I have had a cou­ple of pri­vate con­sul­ta­tions af­ter be­ing told there is no fund­ing avail­able on the NHS.

“It can be a risky surgery as it is a full body lift, which can be quite in­tense.”

Af­ter pub­lish­ing a post on so­cial me­dia about the cost of the surgery, one of Mr Tower’s fol­low­ers saw it and set up a fundrais­ing page.

More than £4,000 has been raised by 550 peo­ple. Mr Tow­ers has more than 89,000 peo­ple fol­low­ing his In­sta­gram ac­count @tow­er­s_weightjour­ney.

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