Nicknamed Elbows at school because his face resembled a bag of elbows, he's been teased in the playground, and later in the pub and the workplace.
I'm really enjoying that.' But it wasn't Stan's weight loss that has kept readers riveted by his blog - it's his graphic descriptions of his attempts to get dates, and a large part of his readership are shocked by discovering how society treats those at the bottom of the beauty pile. The first woman I met - I'll call her Gloria - was a banker.
He has been single for 13 years but is not 'desperate' for a partner.
On his dating experiences, he said: 'One older lady invited me to her seaside villa in the south of Spain because she wanted company for a week.
I politely declined the invitation, it was not what I was looking for.' Father-of-four Richard, 56, has been approached by women of all ages but has yet to feel a spark.
Taking a deep breath, Stan Cattermole sidles into a crowded London wine bar.
Such as a poor sense of humour, and even more woeful social skills?