“I’d rather be addicted to drugs than food.”

London cabbie Mikey Christou knows what it’s like to be fat. Currently 25 stone, he’s been obese for most of his adult life.

Mikey says:

“I’ve tried everything to lose weight. Diets, gastric band, exercise – I’ve done it all. But at the end of the day, you can’t get away from food. You need it to live. It’s all around you, all of the time.

“I would rather be a drug addict than a food addict because, one: you will get help if you need it. Two: you can take yourself out of the situation. Food? Do I need it? Yeah. Am I going to pass it every day? Absolutely. Is it illegal for me to go and buy it? Nah. It’s everywhere.

“It’s not just about losing weight. The addiction to food is something that you can never escape. It’s around you forever. You can’t give up food.

“So you have to change what’s in your head. How you approach it. You have to learn to say no. No, I don’t want to eat it. You need to break the habit. “