Football mad lad drops to skeletal six stone – but almost doubles body weight in four months after discovering bodybuilding
A football mad lad who dropped to a skeletal six stone has made an incredibly almost doubled his body weight in just FOUR MONTHS.
When Danny Walsh started playing football for a local team he became obsessed with being the best player he could.
After suffering from asthma throughout his childhood, Danny, now 24, had been unable to play and set out on a punishing routine in an effort to make him fitter and better.
At his worst he would do daily five-mile runs from his home in Preston, Lancs, surviving on only a bowl of Rice Krispies a day.
His weight plummeted to a frightening six stone and he was rushed to hospital twice by worried parents Pam and John.
On being admitted to the Priory in July 2012 he underwent regular therapy and channelled his energy into eating healthy meals and bodybuilding.
Now weighing in at just over 10stone, a healthy weight for someone standing at 5ft 7in tall, he has completed his incredible recovery.
Danny said: “Looking back now is scary – I looked like a skeleton.
“I’d been quite dumpy at school and because of the asthma could never play footy.
“Once I stopped suffering with it I got really into it and joined my local team New Longton Rovers.
“I convinced myself that the slimmer I was, the fitter I became so I really cut down on my eating.
“Mum would cook dinner and I’d only eat half – I’d take the rest up to my bedroom and bin it.”
Despite eating much less than before, Danny kept up with his punishing regime of daily five-mile runs and bi-weekly training sessions.
This left him exhausted and half-way through the second year of an electrician’s apprenticeship he had become so weak, he was let go.
By then he was living on a 30g bowl of Rice Krispies a day and his worried dad John convinced him to visit his GP who referred him to hospital.
At the end of 2007, Danny was admitted to the psychiatric unit at Chorley Hospital, Lancs, where for the first time in a year he ate a proper meal – sausage and mash.
Steadily his weight rose to a stable 9st 7lb and, six months after being admitted, he got himself a job in a bookmakers.
However, after a colleague died of cancer and his grandma passed away in a short period of time, his weight spiralled again.
Danny said: “My colleague had become a second mum to me and her death, coupled with my nans knocked me for six.
“I didn’t know what to do – everything felt out of control.
“Anorexia felt like the only thing I had any power over.”
As his weight plummeted again, Danny’s health really took a battering leaving him with sky high blood pressure and heart problems.
He was admitted to the Priory as an outpatient where he received regular therapy for his depression and anorexia.
After being discharged, he forced himself to stop running for two months while he increased his calorie intake daily and started bodybuilding a couple of months later.
Only four months after starting his new regime, his weight shot up to a toned and healthy 10st 3lbs.
Danny said: “I had all the knowledge to make bodybuilding work for me.
“At my worst I could recite the calories off every packet in the supermarket – I was obsessed.
“I turned that sort of obsession on its head, making sure I knew I was getting all the right nutrients.
“I bought a bench and set of weights and focus on bodybuilding, doing a bit of cardio and eating healthily.
“Now I’m putting about 3500 calories in my body every day to make sure I’m fuelled.
“I feel so much healthier now – fit as a fiddle.
“I know how lucky I’ve been though.
“If I hadn’t had my mum and dad at my worst I know I’d have died.
“They were the only thing keeping me going.”
Having fully recovered his anorexia, Danny will travel to Poland to have rhinoplasty to complete his transformation and increase his confidence.
Adam Kalecinksi from Europesurgery said: “Having seen Danny’s incredible recovery I’m more than happy to help him complete his transformation.
“Confidence is a big issue for him and I hope by having this surgery that will make him feel even more comfortable in his skin.”