1153 GMT January 18, 2019
David Cookson, from Lancashire, launched his page on September 26 explaining that two stone of weight he'd already lost had 'crept back' on and he wanted to lose it again, dailymail.co.uk wrote.
With some encouragement from his daughters, the 85-year-old decided to keep track, and thanks to a shout out from a Twitter user who spotted his page, he has amassed more than 40,000 followers overnight.
Realizing his newfound viral fame, David posted a thank you, saying he told all his friends at his Slimming World group the news, and adding: “I am blown away by all the positivity and such kind words, thank you all so much”.
A woman named Natasha Rodgers posted a picture of David's page on Twitter explaining: “Stumbled on this 85 year old man's Instagram where he posts his slimming world journey and it might be the cutest thing I've ever seen”.
It quickly accrued thousands of likes and retweets as people gushed over how sweet David was: “Look at his thumbs up, it’s genuinely the best thing I've seen all year”.
“Oh...my...god!!! I cannot cope,” said another with a crying face emoji.
'The cutest thing I've ever seen,' added another.
David shared his first page back in September with a short comment: “Hello! I’m David, I have been a member of Slimming World for a good few years but after initially losing 2 stone, I have since crept back up to my start weight.
“My daughters suggested that I start this account after one of them posted a picture of me on her own Slimming World account which received a lot of likes and positive feedback.
“I think starting this account will give me the encouragement I need to reach my target. Thanks for stopping by.”
David was clearly pleased by his new followers and also sent a message of thanks to Natasha for sharing his page.
He added: “Thank you very much for sharing my story, all this support I'm receiving is incredible.”
She posted his message along with the caption: “Right lads now I'm crying xx”.
The pensioner revealed he had also shared his story with his friends at his local Slimming World group: “I told my friends at choir tonight about all you lovely people, following and supporting me on my slimming world journey! I am blown away by all the positivity and such kind words, thank you all so much”.