5 most serious cases of obesity globally

Obesity is a health challenge that affects about a third of the world’s population. The condition affects people of all ages, from children to the elderly. Doctors have cited poor lifestyle choices including lack of exercise and poor diet as the major causes of obesity. One is obese when they have a higher Body Mass Index (BMI). This shows you have excess fat or are overweight. Doctors consider anyone with a BMI over 30 as obese. Being obese puts you at a risk of developing several medical issues including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure. Sometimes, morbid obesity, which is the worst form of obesity, leads to the death.

Here are some of the worst cases of obesity;

Juan Pedro Franco Salas

The World Guinness Book of recorded Juan Pedro as the “World Fattest Man” in 2017. Pedro weighed about 600kgs. The 35-year-Old Mexican was bedridden for years because of obesity. He also developed health complications including a severely obstructed lung, high blood pressure and diabetes. His weight shot up after a suffering from pneumonia and a road accident as a teen. Juan Pedro underwent double gastric bypass surgery to cut off half of his weight. He lost 53kgs and can now walk.



Paul Mason

Former World Fattest Man, Paul Mason, weighed a whooping 440kg before his gastric surgery.  After his surgery, he lost 285kg but remained with plenty of excess skin. Mason had to undergo surgeries to remove the skin but couldn’t as he regained some weight. The 59yr old seeks to live a healthy lifestyle to enable him to get treatment with NHS. Paul became obese for consuming lots of junk food. 

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Carl Thompson

Referred to as “Britain’s Fattest Man”, Carl weighed over 415kg. At 33yrs old doctors diagnosed Carl with obesity. Due to his obesity, he was restricted to his home and managed with the help of caregivers. His addiction to food began in early childhood but worsened to consuming mostly junk food after his mother passed on in 2012. He consumed 10,000 calories daily over four times the recommended intake for a man. He didn’t want to have a gastric operation, so he sought public help. Unfortunately, he died a few weeks later in his house in Dover, Kent in UK.



Sharon Mevsimler

Sharon weighed 286kgs before undergoing a gastric band operation in 2010. Doctors had diagnosed her with five-footer’s grub addiction. The 40yr old lady attributed her obesity because of post-natal depression after birth of her four children. She consumed 10,000 calories daily, way over the 2,000calories intake for women. During her treatment, she was in an out of hospital for several medical conditions, including a heart attack and malnourishment. Sharon, one of UKs most overweight women, succumbed to death at 41yrs in Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford in 2010.

Averell Wiltshire

Doctors diagnosed Averell with super morbid obesity 9yrs ago. She is over 254 kgs with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 100, which renders her morbidly obese. Because of her condition; she stayed at home throughout. Averell has struggled with weight issues since childhood and even tried many diet plans. She is a self-confessed addict. Due to her morbid obesity she then developed high blood pressure, sleep apnea, lung disease and weight-related asthma. After having a gastric bypass, she lost some weight and her health is improving gradually.