Food is above everything else. That’s exactly what our today’s heroes have in minds. Sounds weird, especially because of the so-called thinnest cult of modern times. It’s when the majority of the world youth tend to follow the contemporary trend of slimness. But there are also those who don’t pay much attention to what others will think of them. Maybe that’s the kind of a challenge to society or just an opposition to anorexia and bulimia. As you might have understood this is about individuals who are a little bit overweight. All right, all right, they are not just plump. In fact, we have collected here top 10 heaviest people that have ever lived on Earth. Keep reading! You have never seen anything like this before.
Historically, our beautiful planet has been home to a lot of stout creatures involving human beings. What is noteworthy, just a century ago, those who nowadays fall into the category of normal (like plump) ones were thought to be terribly fat. Recently, the situation began to change rapidly. Liposuction, fast food, sedentary lifestyle, genetic diseases – all this played a cruel joke with the harmony of mankind. But if a meeting with simply well-fed people makes us smile or gloat, then a meeting with very fat (sorry for this word) people can shock you.
10. Robert Earl Hughes (1,070lb)
In his time, Robert was considered to be the heaviest person in the world’s history. He’s number ten on our top list and that is very important as well. But still, let’s figure out all the great stuff from his biography. Robert Earl Hughes was born on June 4, 1926, in Baylis, Illinois that is in the US. His father, Robert Earl Hughes was a farmer and his mother Margaret G. Robinson was a housewife. His proportions had been changing at an incredible rate. Just have a look at this: he weighed 203lb (92 kg) at the age of six and 326lb (148 kg) at twelve. The reason for this was a malfunctioning pituitary gland that had been responsible for his excessive weight.
When Robert grew and became an adult he used to show up at carnivals and fairs as a big guest star. The heft of 1,070lb (485 kg) was recognized as his record. Hughes died on July 10, 1958, in Bremen, Indiana. That happened because he had been suffering from uremia – a state of having urea (the main component of urine) in the blood. You may find lots of rumors that he had been buried in a piano case. But actually, his coffin was as large as a piano case. That’s the whole story.
9. Patrick Deuel (1,072lb)
Patrick Darren Deuel was born on March 28, 1962, in Grand Island, Nebraska. This American citizen was one of the heaviest people on our planet. After high school, he went on to higher education. At first, it was Hastings College (one semester) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln soon thereafter. Patrick was a restaurant manager. There was a time when he wasn’t able to leave his house. He was the subject of the documentary "Half Ton Man" in BodyShock series on Channel Four. It included Rosalie Bradford’s interview on how to accomplish a record-breaking weight reduction of 769lb (349kg).
And that was a sort of a motivation for him. After reaching the peak weight of 1,072lb (489 kg) Deuel was forced to go under the knife. He underwent a gastric bypass surgery and one more operation aimed at extracting excess skin and a huge mass of fat out of his body. Eventually, he managed to get rid of 769lb (349 kg) and all that was thanks to doctors’ efforts. Patrick Deuel died on April 29, 2016, at his home, he was 54 years old.
8. Michael Hebranko (1,100lb)
Michael is one of those lucky guys who did it. We mean losing weight of course. Hebranko experienced an outrageous instance of morbid obesity, that was a root cause of his problems. He was born on May 14, 1953, in New York. At birth, Michael had a weight of 3.8 kg as a healthy child but then his weight began to increase gradually. He was also recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the man with the highest weight loss in history. When he was 23 Michael got married to Madeleine Hebranko. He lost a great part of his body mass due to dieting and workouts with a famous coach Richard Simmons. He became thinner by losing 906lb (411 kg).
Wow, can you believe this? It took some 19 months and his body weighed only 200lb (90 kg). In addition, Michael had to resort to surgical removal of fat. Right after this, he made a tour across all states lecturing about experiments and achievements. Hebranko also turned up at such TV talk shows as The Howard Stern Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and the British chat shows Wogan in 1990. Then something unimaginable happened and Michael started putting the mass on. Somehow his weight expanded to 999lb (453 kg). In June 1999 he was at his pinnacle of 1,100lb (499 kg) before again dropping 457lb (207.5 kg). Before his death on July 25, 2013, he scaled 550lb (250 kg).
7. Francis John Lang (1,187lb)
Francis John Lang was born in 1934 in an American city called Clinton. His height was 188 cm, and the maximum weight – 538 kg. In his youth, he did not suffer from obesity. During his military service in Korea, he weighed only 68 kg. In general, the blame for such a terrifying burden he placed on the medication, which he had been taking on prescription for a long period of time. Lang claimed that this medicine had a side effect, making his appetite uncontrollable. Although Lang could not walk (an obstacle that seriously hampered not one full person), he found a unique way to profit from his position: he purchased a mobile house with viewing windows and traveled around the country, exposing himself to the public at festivals and fairs.
He lay practically naked on a huge round bed and preached curious about the dangers of drugs, using his own body as a vivid example. The maximum weight of Lang, reached in the summer of 1971, was not confirmed, but the Guinness Book of Records found the photographs sufficient evidence. In early 1972, Lang was hospitalized in Houston with a suspected heart attack, while his weight was approximately 400-450 kg. It turned out that the symptoms were caused by inflammation of the gallbladder, probably aggravated by weight loss, and the doctors who examined him stated that his heart was "unusually normal". By 1980, Lang had lost weight to 180 kg. On March 16, 1981, Elsie Wolf-Geist became his soul mate and wife. Before that time, Francis had been raising his son Brian Neil Lang who was born in 1961 and died in 2009 preceding his father.
6. Walter Hudson (1,197lb)
Walter Hudson was listed as one of the heaviest people in the history of medicine. He was born in New York, Brooklyn in 1944. Most of his life he spent in Hempstead, it was his home place. He was really bad with his diet. Do you want to know why? Well, Hudson depicted his normal every day meal as two boxes of hot dogs, half a kilo of bacon, 12 eggs, a chunk of bread, four ground sirloin sandwiches and four twofold cheeseburgers, five extensive portions of fries, three ham steaks or two chickens, four baked potatoes, four sweet potatoes, lots of cakes, and extra snacks. He likewise drank a normal of 7 liters of pop each day.
Walter was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the holder of the widest waist. In 1987, the girth of his waist was 119 inches (3.02 m). With a height of 177 cm, Hudson weighed 543 kg before death, although the industrial scale broke down during weighing. The size of his chest was 265 cm, and the waist – 275 cm. Walter Hudson passed away in his sleep at the age of 47 on December 24, 1991, with a weight of 875lb (397kg).
5. Carol Yager (1,200lb)
Carol Ann Yager is the heaviest woman and one of the biggest human beings in the history of medicine. The maximum weight of Yager, which was 1600lb (727 kg), was not documented. However, in official sources, her maximum weight is 544 kg and she is 170 cm tall. She was born on January 26, in 1960. Her hometown was Flint, Michigan. Carol suffered from eating disorders since childhood. She used to say that it all started after a case of sexual aggression by a close friend of her family. Although in later interviews, she pointed out that there were other factors that influenced her eating habits and led to such severe obesity: it was the "skeletons in the closet" and "monster". The girl could not move independently because her muscles could not bear such a heavy load.
Later she moved to Beecher, Michigan, in Mount Morris Township just because it was close to her home. Her final years were near health care professionals, friends and relatives including her children Heather and Stephen Bishop. Carol is also a woman who has lost the greatest weight in the natural (nonsurgical) way. The discharge of 236 kilograms was officially registered within three months without surgical intervention. She died on July 18, 1994, in Flint. So sad that she was only 34 years old. It was because of kidney failure, obesity, and multiple organ failures.
4. Robert Butler (1,200lb)
Frankly speaking, there is little information about this man but he truly deserves to be here. We’ll try to tell you as much as possible. He was born in 1972 in the US and now he lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Robert’s current weight is about 1,200lb (544 kg). Due to his incredible shapes, Butler was made to stay in Banister House care home for about ten years but he left it and presently he lives in hospital. Robert is not able to walk or even use a wheelchair. Unfortunately, his steady weight gain hasn’t stopped yet. Butler is getting bigger and bigger every single day. He pleads the government to support a gastric bypass surgery to help him fight with the problem falling on deaf ears. We strongly hope he’ll make it.
3. Manuel Uribe (1,320lb)
Manuel "Meme" Uribe Garza was born on June 11, 1965, in Monterrey, Mexico. Even as a young man he weighed about 254lb (115 kg). On the whole, he ate up normal food like beans, rice, corn, fries, pizzas, just like everybody else did. He was married twice during his lifetime. The first marriage was in 1987. Manuel and his wife migrated to America in search of work. That’s when Uribe started putting the mass on. Such a sedentary way of life may have added something to the start of his morbid obesity. Five years in the new country led to other kilograms and his beloved wife asked for a divorce.
Right after that Manuel went back to the motherland. At the age of 35, the weight of Uribe reached an incredible number of 588 kg. From this moment our hero was confined to the bed, since moving the body of such a mass is not an easy matter. Life became unbearable, and Uribe decided to ask for help from fellow citizens with the help of television. Rejecting the showered proposals for a free surgical operation, Uribe took a strong-willed decision to lose weight with the help of a diet. It is worth admiring the perseverance and purposefulness of this man because he still managed to lose weight by as much as 200 kilograms.
It gave Manuel a ticket to the Guinness Book of Records, not his weight. He became the champion of the heading "The biggest weight that has been thrown down in history with the help of a diet". Dropped pounds allowed him to go out on his own for the first time, and even more. He got married for the second time. His special lady was Claudia Solis. She cared for him and provided the feasible assistance that is required for a person in such a situation. It is unfortunate that their marriage didn’t last long and they got divorced. Manuel Uribe died on May, 26 in 2014 when he was 48 because of liver failure.
2. Khalid Bin Mohsen Shaari (1,345lb)
Born in 1991 this young Saudi Arabian man has been acknowledged as the second fattest human being that has ever lived on our planet. The peak of his body mass was about 1,345lb (610 kg). Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari in August 2013 was taken to a medical facility on the personal order of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. The 22-year-old Khalid, then, hadn’t left his home for two years, because he couldn’t move. On the arrival of the sufferer from the south of the country to one of the hospitals of Riyadh, the doctors found out his weight: 610 kilograms. This is a record: from the living now on the planet, no one is bigger than Khalid.
In addition, he has a record high body mass index – 204. Together with doctors, the Saudi has managed to get rid of 320 kilograms – lose weight more than twice. During the treatment, he improved the performance of the heart and lungs, strengthened muscles – Khalid began to move his legs. Now he is able to move on a wheelchair, designed by special order. Thus, Khalid is no longer the heaviest man in the world. But his record is fixed in the Guinness Book, and while he is alive, this dubious honor belongs to him.
1. Jon Brower Minnoch (1,397lb)
Finally, we got to the winner. Jon Brower Minnoch was born on September 29, 1941 in Bainbridge Island, Washington. He had been haunted by obesity since early childhood. His weight hit the pick of 1,400lb (635 kg) in 1978. The same year Minnoch was accepted at University Hospital in Seattle. He was delivered there with the help of 12 firemen and a special stretcher. In hospital 13 people rolled him over on two beds put together. Doctors examined him and found out that he had heart and respiratory failure. It took him two years to shake off 476lb (216 kg).
To tell the truth he lived a pretty happy life with his wife and two children. And that’s all despite his numerous problems with health. However, his weight loss didn’t end on 216 kg. He went further up and lost 924lb (432 kg) due to a very strict diet. Ultimately, he gained the heft back and died on September 10, 1983 at the age of 41.