01/30/2012 11:56 EST

Rob Ford Weight: Toronto Mayor And Brother Doug Ford Lose 12.5 Pounds In Second Week Of Cut The Waist Challenge


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford continues to drop the pounds.

The mayor of Canada's largest city stepped on the scales again Monday morning and found he had lost another six pounds, for a total of 16 pounds since starting the Cut The Waist Challenge two weeks ago.

His brother, Councillor Doug Ford, lost 6.5 pounds in his second week, for a total of 15.5 pounds so far. The mayor now weighs 314 pounds and his brother just under 260 pounds.

After two weeks of success, mayor Ford said he's worried Super Bowl Sunday this weekend may derail his progress, according to CTV.

“It’s my favourite day of the year, it’s going to be a challenge,” he said.



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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