'I would have a panic attack from just opening the front door, every day that went by I felt further and further detached from society, the thought of leaving my home crippled and petrified me.'Paul says he began eating 'stupidly large portions' and would drink two litres of coca cola a day.'When ordering Chinese food, I would a big plate of rice, chips and chicken balls, I would have a large pizza with chips or a large chicken meat and chips enough for two people each time,' he re-called.'I would order take-out food and then wouldn't do anything to exercise it away, my laziness led me to getting bigger and bigger.'However, he said a house visit from a doctor helped him to turn his life around.'He put me in touch with a brilliant clinical psychologist who fought tooth and nail to get me a community nutritionist and helped me to get weight loss surgery,' he explained.
The BBC’s Washington Correspondent, Rajini Vaidyanathan, is reportedly a member of the group and wrote about her experience of sexual harassment in the wake of the controversy.
Paul Stevenson, 36, from Alvaston, Derbyshire, is now hoping to raise £15,000 to have surgery to remove three stone of saggy skin around his body.
At his heaviest he says he was Derby's fattest man, gorging on 7,000 calories a day and refusing to leave his home for nearly five years due to his fear of being judged by other people.
Speaking about dealing with other people's reactions, he added: I reminded myself that people would look, stare, point and say things, but in reality, all of that doesn't matter it isn't important what they think.'When people know what I've been through they are fantastic and now I don't feel anxious about going outside any more.
Paul is has now set up a Go Fund Me account in a bid to have all of the loose skin removed in the hopes he can be happy again in the future.