Fat-shaming someone into losing weight is definitely a controversial method.
While some associate it with “bullying”, others believe you need to be cruel to be kind.
Darren McClintock, known as Dibsy, voiced his opinion on the matter.
During a Good Morning Britain segment, the Middlesbrough man admitted his friends’ intervention helped him to shed 20st.
But when Piers Morgan suggested is transformation was all down to “fat shaming”, the guest didn’t completely share the same view.
Piers said: “This guy was 40st and his entire town banned him from having takeaways.
“Everywhere he tried to go he was on the banned list, he wasn’t allowed.
“He was fat-shamed and guess what folks, he lost half his body weight in a year.
“Sometimes you need someone to go, ‘Hey fatty, stop eating fatty food’ and by the way I’m talking as much about myself when I say that as anyone else.”
Host Susanna Reid, and Dibsy himself, didn’t completely agree with Piers’ comments.
The super-slimmer responded: “I don’t think I was fat-shamed.
“I describe it as being supportive, fat-shaming is being called fat.”
Susanna added: “I don’t like fat-shaming to tell someone to lose weight.
“I think it’s tough love gone a bit too far.”
Dibsy’s weight loss story went viral last year.
Before his dramatic transformation, doctors warned him he would die if he didn’t start leading a healthier lifestyle.
At one stage, the 28-year-old binged on fast food and guzzled around 11,000 calories a day.
When Dibsy hit 40st, he vowed to change his life.
He called on gym boss Mike Hind, 36, who drafted posters to put on local takeaways, saying: “Save Dibsy. Obesity is killing him. Do not serve this man.”
Darren also took up a calorie controlled diet and started pumping iron at the gym.
Now 12 months later and one week shy of his target date, Dibsy has beaten his aim of shedding a whopping 20st within a year.