Rob Ford cuts visits with the scale

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at his first Cut the Waist Challenge weigh-in in January. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at his first Cut the Waist Challenge weigh-in in January. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:00 PM ET

TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford can’t seem to cut his waist but he’s cutting down his weigh-ins.

Ford cancelled his scheduled weekly weigh-in Monday, opting to slim down stepping on the scale to every two weeks.

“Please be advised that weigh-ins for the ‘Cut the Waist Challenge’ will occur every other week,” a release from the mayor’s office stated. “A weigh-in will take place next week. Details will be provided in a forthcoming advisory.”

No reason was given for the reduction.

On his Sunday radio show, Ford hinted he’d be cutting back his visits with the scale. Asked about scaling back his weigh-ins Monday, Ford laughed off the question.

“Once every two weeks,” he said.

Ford has been struggling to lose weight since he started the weight-loss campaign in January with his brother, Councillor Doug Ford.

The mayor — who frequently calls himself “300 pounds of fun” — weighed in at 330 pounds when the weigh-ins began.

Both Fords set the goal of losing 50 pounds by June.

While losing some weight at the beginning, Mayor Ford’s weight is now climbing again — he weighed in at 314 pounds last week.

Councillor Doug Ford said he didn’t know why the mayor was cutting back his weigh-ins.

“I don’t know, that was the mayor’s choice,” said the councillor, who weighed in at 247 pounds last week — down 28 pounds since January. “At the end of the day, folks, we aren’t going to escape June the 18th. June the 18th is coming, we’re getting on those scales and Doug Ford is going to be 50 pounds lighter.

“I don’t know about brother Ford but Doug Ford is 50 pounds lighter on June 18, I promise you.”


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