ROMANCING ALL THE STONES (AND POUNDS)!; Opposites Attract - but This Is Ridiculous! Dave Bainbridge Weighs 17st 5lb and Is Always Dieting. Yet Wife Sandra Is Just 7st, Eats like a Horse, but Can't Gain a Single Pound. JOHN EARLS (14St 3lb) Met Them for Tea and Biscuits
Earls, John, The People (London, England)
Skinny Sandra Bainbridge says her ideal weight is just seven-and- a-half stone. But to reach it she must put on seven pounds.
Husband Dave, who weighs 17st 5lb, has no sympathy... he's tried hundreds of diets without success.
"If I just look at a curry, I put on three pounds," said Dave, 36. "I'm not joking. I'll put on half a stone by the morning and won't be able to get into my clothes. The last time I lost any weight was when I cut my toenails!"
Sandra, munching on a Kit Kat, admitted she can be insensitive about Dave's weight. "I'll be walking round the kitchen shoving a Swiss roll down my throat and moaning, 'Oh, why can't I put any weight on?' Then I notice Dave looking totally fed-up!"
Sandra, also 36, even has the ideal job to pile on the pounds. "I work on the delicatessen counter at Sainsbury's," she laughed. "Even that can have problems - I'm so light that I can't lift the hams from the shelves!"
Doctors say Sandra will probably remain at her current weight because of her metabolism. Yet she does everything she can to get a fuller figure.
"One night alone I had a McDonalds, a Kentucky Fried Chicken AND a box of chocolates," said Sandra.
"Then I had toast, croissants and two Mars bars for breakfast next morning. And it's not made a jot of difference."
Even when she was pregnant Sandra remained at seven stone.
"Nobody knew I was pregnant," she said. "I didn't need maternity clothes, yet our son Simon was 6lb 4oz when he was born. Simon takes after me - he never puts weight on either."
On cue, Simon - now 16 - walks in and makes himself a cheese roll and a cup of tea. "I'm not bothered," said Simon. "I can get through three medium pizzas with garlic bread and a McDonalds on a good night - and still remain slim and gorgeous. It's great!"
Dave, a plastics technologist, wasn't always so large. Before breaking his back at work in 1988 he was a muscular 14st.
There is also a serious side to his dieting. He needs to have both hips replaced, but has to lose three stone before the operation can be carried out.
"I was a keen sportsman before I got a back injury," said Dave, from Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland. "I was into everything from squash to American football. I also raised hundreds of pounds for charity by doing three walks.
"But now I can't even watch sport on television - it's too upsetting remembering how I used to be. …