The World's Fattest Man

Yes, as difficult as it may be to believe it, the image to your left is a human body.

That's a picture of Paul Mason, a 48 year-old Brit. At one point he tipped the scales at over 980 lbs - giving him the dubious title of The World's Fattest Man.

He admits to being a lifelong food addict. His addiction incapacitated him to the point that he didn't leave his house for two years. To sustain himself, he had people (also known as "enablers") bring him food and entertainment.

Some friends they were! I have a feeling whoever trucked in the food wasn't bringing him fresh salads or normal-sized portions of pasta.

I watched a bit of Mason's story last night on TLC.

I could only watch a little of it because it was just too depressing. Gastric bypass was in Mason's future but he only had a 50% chance of survival. I'm guessing he survived because I didn't see any headlines today about him not making it through the operation. With the surgery, his stomach would shrink from a melon size all the way down to egg size.

It's not that Mason's never tried to lose weight. He said he's been on lots of diets over the past 23 years. People like to believe that folks who are overweight are fat because they're just not trying to lose weight, but most of the time that's just not true. I don't think people purposely want to end up looking like blobs of fat instead of like humans.

I suppose it just happens gradually, like how a frog gradually gets boiled to death in water. Besides, pretty much everybody I know can lose a few pounds. Keeping them off is the biggest challenge.

I wonder if it's even possible for Mason to get down to a normal weight - and what happens to all that excess skin?

As for me, I ate extra healthy today. With visions of Mason's body in my head, can you blame me?


Donna said…
Yikes. And I thought Kirstie Alley was enough of a deterrent to eating badly.

Um, thanks for posting that. I think. Because I'm going to have nightmares tonight about blowing up to that size.
Liz Dwyer said…
I had those SAME nightmares. I'd like to think that could never be me, but for real, sometimes I think it could be!
sweatpantsmom said…
I watched this last night and it freaked me out. Decided to have that yogurt instead of the cookie.

After watching that I watched an episode of 'Hoarders' and then frantically cleaned my office.

TLC is ruining my life.
Call Family said…
I cannot even figure out what that picture is of...and am not sure I want to.Sad.
Liz Dwyer said…
Wooow! Following this dude's story up with an episode of Hoarders is a recipe for a breakdown of some sort.
Now I want to go clean, too!

Call Family,
Yep. it amazes me that our skin can even expand to the point that we stop even resembling humans.
nick said…
I always assume that someone that big must have been seriously over-eating for decades. How else could you possibly get that large? I know the experts talk about faulty genes and hormones and what-have-you, but I'm still convinced deliberate self-indulgence is the main cause.
D- said…
it might be gradual but there's a point when you know you're not simply out of shape or a little plump, u're legitimately fat/obese.

then again...maybe it becomes a disease like anorexia.
Yes, I can't even make out the body parts. So, so sad. Stories like this always astound me, though, because there is always a team of codependent people bringing them food. I don't get why anyone would agree to be a part of someone's slow suicide - because that's what it is.
Joy said…
that was very schoking for me I did'nt believe that these kind people exist!May God bless them!I decide to make a diet

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