Rob Ford Weight: Toronto Mayor Fails To Drop Pounds In Seventh Week Of Cut The Waist Challenge

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The Huffington Post Canada   First Posted: 03/ 5/2012 5:13 pm Updated: 03/ 5/2012 5:13 pm

Rob Ford's weight loss plan stalled for a second straight week on Monday.

After gaining two pounds last week, Toronto's Mayor failed to lose anything this week and may have even gained a bit of weight.

"It's not good," said Ford, pegging his weight at between 310 and 311 pounds, according to the Toronto Star. Ford weighed in at 310 pounds last week.

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The mayor weighed in alone this week because his brother Doug was running late. Doug weighed in later in the day, dropping two pounds to land at 248 pounds.

Rob started the Cut The Waist Challenge at 330 pounds. Doug started at 275 pounds.

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Toronto's two political heavyweights have a good reason for going on a diet. "Rob has two young kids and I have four girls. We want to be around to watch them get married and be grandparents. If you're carrying this extra weight...it's not healthy. And we know that," said Doug.

Macleans has reported on the mayor's penchant for root beer and Doug has indicated ice cream will be a particular challenge for his brother.

Ford has faced plenty of ridicule in the press for his waistline. In March of last year, NOW Magazine caused an uproar when it printed a photoshopped photo on its cover prominently featuring the mayor's naked belly.

Even the Globe ran a piece with the headline "Rob Ford's not popular despite being fat. He's popular because of it," although the piece was subsequently pulled from the web after widespread criticism.

HuffPost Canada blogger Ben Johnson has argued Ford's weight is a valid political issue, both because the mayor may face serious health problems while in office and because it indicates an irresponsible and short-sighted attitude.

Former mayor David Miller made headlines by dropping approximately 50 pounds while in office. If Ford can match that accomplishment he'll be well on his way to putting the gravy train jokes behind him once and for all.

He'll have his brother to lend him encouragement along the way. Doug told the Globe he's also aiming to also lose 50 to 60 pounds and recapture the fitness of his younger days, when he worked out regularly and could bench press 350 pounds.

The mayor says eventually he would like to make it down to 225 pounds.

With files from The Canadian Press

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