Massively overweight and facing the challenge of his life – Boro fan Dibsy has vowed to turn his life around.
And his trainer, Mike Hind, has even produced leaflets for staff at local takeaways asking them not to serve the 27-year-old in a bid to save his life.
Darren McClintock, better known as ‘Dibsy’, is well-known for his charity work and admits it’s a case of “life or death” after a health scare prompted doctors to tell him he must urgently change his habits.
Now he’s embarking on a fitness journey with personal trainer Mike Hind from Mas Body Gym, who’s chosen to train him for free.
“The doctors have said keep going like you are going and you won’t be around for very much longer,” Dibsy told Teesside Live.
“I just want to be healthy so I can go out on a run and live my life, go to the Boro match, go out with the lads.”
One of the places Dibsy has been known to turn to is his local takeaway.
The Pallister Park man admits he loves a parmo, but now Mike has produced leaflets discouraging fast food outlets from serving him.
They say: “Save Dibsy. Obesity is killing him. Do not serve this man.”
Mike explained that the leaflets aren’t about banning his client from takeaways – he will be allowed treats – but more about breaking him out of an addiction to food.
“The next six or seven weeks is going to get difficult for Dibsy,” Mike said.
“What I want Dibsy to do is come to me for support and advice – he’s used to turning to takeaways.”
He added that the leaflets are purely for takeaway staff and not the general public.
Each year Mike takes on a client for free in a bid to turn their life around. He said he received around 1,000 applications but he was drawn to Dibsy when he saw him at his gym’s Macro Based Diner.
A conversation with Dibsy and his mum followed.
“His mum burst out crying and said no parent would want to bury her child,” Mike said.
It was then he decided to take on the challenge to help Dibsy turn his life around.
At present Dibsy has to book two seats on a plane if he wants to go abroad and says his weight means that he can’t learn to drive. He also has to order clothes that are specially sized – at an extra cost.
He added: “I have struggled with my weight all my life, I have tried all sorts. There have been points where I have got down. I have let myself down massively.
“I have been given this one chance, I’m going to make the most of it, I’m going to seize every opportunity I have got.”
He says he’s now relishing the opportunity to work with Mike, who was crowned the UK’s top personal trainer last year.
He previously told Teesside Live how he started with just £50 in his pocket and now has a thriving gym and a diner that’s even popular with several first team players at Middlesbrough FC.
He’s made the shortlist in the personal trainer category again this year.