IT’s dinner time for 18-year-old Charlotte and her plate is piled sky-high with garlic bread, lasagne, chips, pizza and potatoes.
The food-obsessed teen who is three stone overweight never eats vegetables, fruit or anything healthy – and gorges on wedges of thick white bread with every meal.
A roast dinner sandwich with gravy is a weekly staple, and the family spend more than £500 a month on greasy takeaway meals.
And after reaching her highest ever weight of 13st 11lbs, Charlotte has decided that her dad Darren is to blame for the family’s unhealthy lifestyle.
Weighing in at a whopping 25 stone, Darren is the family fast food ringleader and refuses to exercise or eat anything healthy.
“My eating habits are appalling. My weight makes me unhappy and I feel fat and ugly,” Charlotte admits in a new Channel 5 show, It’s Your Fault I’m Fat, which airs tonight.
“I am worried I’ll end up like my dad if it carries on.”
‘Dad is a heart attack waiting to happen’
But Charlotte’s lifestyle needs a drastic overhaul if she’s going to lose any weight.
Her car is a rubbish bin on wheels, filled with discarded biscuit and sweet wrappers, burger and sugary drinks cartons.
She blames her bad eating habits on her obese dad Darren – who admits to eating an appalling veg-free, salad-free and fruit-free diet.
“My dad is a heart attack waiting to happen,” Charlotte says ruefully.
“My message to both my parents is that I don’t want to lose you: I want us to go on a diet as a family and start exercising so we can all lose weight and get healthy.”
After a long family discussion in which Charlotte and her sister Lauren confide in their dad about how worried they are about his shocking diet and how they might lose him if he doesn’t shape up, the family agree it’s time to act.
‘We are all fat and lazy’
The family embark on a six-week regime to shape up after stepping on the scales to face the music: Mum weighs in at 15st 4lbs, Lauren at 11st 8lbs.
Mum admits: “We are lazy and fat. We’re existing, we’re not living.”
And dad Darren is so big that personal trainer Andreas can’t get a tape measure round his middle to take his measurements.
But at first, Darren refuses to give up takeaways, saying he can’t stand the texture of healthy food.
And immediately after being given their diet plan, Darren cheats by cramming broken KitKats he finds on the floor of his car into his mouth , before moaning about having to eat a healthy diet of salmon, shakes, chicken breasts and vegetables.
“You’ve got to start helping your daughters and stop being so selfish,” Ann tells him angrily.
Too heavy to ride her horse
Charlotte admits that one of her main incentives for losing weight is to get back on her beloved horse, Rory.
She can no longer ride him because she is too heavy, and her dad is threatening to sell the horse unless his daughter shapes up.
The family are delighted when they manage to lose 32lbs in week one, following a tough exercise regime instigated by Andreas.
But as time passes, Charlotte begins to find the new diet and exercise regime tough, and gets tearful because she’s feeling drained and nauseous.
She has a few wobbles and enjoys a few drinks one week, but is soon back on track, motivated by dropping two dress sizes.
She celebrates by buying herself an orange bikini and a pair of size 10 shorts for when she’s brave enough and slim enough to wear them – and couldn’t be happier when she can get get back on her horse for a canter.
Meanwhile her dad, who’s 51, has therapy to tackle his aversion to salad, fruit and veg, and it works: he uses visualisation techniques so he can learn to love healthy food and get used to much smaller portions.
At the family’s final weigh-in after six weeks of hard work and self-denial, they’ve lost a whopping 6st 3lbs between them. Dad’s lost 2st 9lbs; Mum Ann has lost 1st 4lbs; Charlotte has lost 1st 4lbs and Lauren has lost 1st.
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Charlotte says: “I’d let my body get in such a bad state that I couldn’t run and I could hardly walk, so I’m really happy with myself now, and the lifestyle change has brought my family closer.”
Dad Darren adds: “It’s been a very emotional journey and not just with the food. It’s got me out from being a spoilt little brat – and I can’t believe I’m enjoying eating vegetables now!”
The family have continued to lose weight since the Channel Five programme was made – and Darren’s another 1st 5lb lighter since then.
It’s Your Fault I’m Fat airs tonight at 9pm on 5star.