Nov 13, 2018 by Shehera Vega Sánchez

How 85-Year-Old David Suddenly Became A Celebrity

It was the end of the summer of 2018 when the 85-year-old David Cookson decided it was time for a change. Despite his age, the retired Englishman wanted to become healthier. His goal? Losing 26 pounds.

To kick-start, his weight loss adventure David joined Slimming World. His daughter, however, didn't think this was enough to motivate their dad, so they created an Instagram account on which he could document his journey day by day. This turned out even better than they could've ever imagined.

"this might be the cutest thing I've ever seen!"

Even though Instagram mainly consists of fitness models and celebrities, David's account turned out to be quite the success. Twitter user, Natasha Rodgers, discovered the British account by accident. "Stumbled on this 85 yr old man's Insta where he posts his slimming world journey", she wrote. "And it might be the cutest thing I've ever seen!" It seems most people agree with Rodgers because David garnered over 40,000 followers in one night.

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Trying another Slimming World ready meal tonight, Ham and Mushroom Farfalle...delicious!

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David couldn't believe all the attention and positive comments. "I told my friends at choir tonight about all you lovely people, following and supporting me on my slimming world journey!" he said to the Daily Mail. "I am blown away by all the positivity and such kind words, thank you all so much."

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Late afternoon snack, fresh fruit salad and yoghurt 👍🏼

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