Obesity is a tricky issue in today’s society. More present now than ever due to the convenience of obtaining food – junk food in most cases – with ease and low financial costs, the issue of extremely excessive weight became a major social issue. Whether their situation is caused by genetic disorders, bad eating habits or self-negligence, these are the world’s fattest people.
10. Donna Simpson 730 lbs (330 kg)
Highly-controversial Donna Simpson is a US lady who once wanted to become the fattest woman in the world by reaching the weight of 1,000 lbs (450 kg). She ate super-excessively on purpose, limited her own movement so she could gain weight and just about everything to receive severe criticism from basically any doctor out there. Ultimately, she decided to go on a diet after reportedly reaching 730 lbs (330 kg), exceeding the weight of 2011′s world’s fattest woman, Pauline Potter. In the process, she became the world’s fattest mom.
9. Paul Mason – 980 lbs (445 kg)
Once considered the world’s fattest man, Paul Mason from UK was at a brink of death at one point, forcing him to think hard and get his life in order. At first, he underwent a gastric bypass surgery and reduced his weight to 560 lbs (254 kg), only to further work on his weight loss. Paul admitted that consuming over 20,000 calories per day is what caused his extreme weight, but is also blaming Britain’s health care service for not allowing him to see an eating disorder specialist when he was at 400 lbs (181 kg).
8. Kenneth Brumley – 1,035 lbs (470 kg)
Also known as the “Half Ton Dan,” this father of four reached his peak weight of 1035 pounds (470 kg), making him bed-bound for four years. When Kenneth was granted a gastric bypass surgery, a team of firefighters had to crush a part of his house to get him out. He received treatment from the same team that helped Renee Williams, ultimately losing 167.5 pounds (76 kg) in mere 40 days thanks to a 1,200-calories-per-day restriction.
7. Robert Earl Hughes – 1,070 lbs (485 kg)
Born in 1926, Robert Earl Hughes once wore the title of the heaviest human in history. With a chest measuring at 10.3 feet (3.15 m), Robert’s peak weight was 1,070 lbs, or 486 kg. Sadly, he didn’t get to live long; in 1958, he contracted a case of measles which quickly developed into uremia, resulting in his death on July 10 of the same year. He was reportedly buried in a coffin the size of a piano case. During his lifetime, Hughes appeared on carnivals and fairs and was even set for an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
6. Patrick Deuel – 1,072 lbs (486 kg)
Patrick Deuel is a former restaurant manager known as one of the fattest people of all time, as well as the subject of “Half Ton Man” documentary. During his peak weight of 1,072 pounds (486 kg), he lived an extremely unhealthy life that even included smoking. He was bed-bound for seven years and ultimately managed to go down to 370 pounds (170 kg), losing a total of over 700 pounds (318 kg).
5. Michael Hebranko – 1,100 lbs (499 kg)
Michael is a man known not only for his size, but weight oscillations as well. Initially, he managed to go from 910 lbs (411 kg) to just 200 pounds (90 kg), but over the course of seven years he not only went to over 1k, but a whopping peak weight of 1,100 pounds, or about half a ton. He went on a diet again and weighed 550 lbs (250 kg) in 2012. Sadly, Hebranko passed away on July 25, 2013 at the age of 60.
4. Carol Yager – 1,200 lbs (544 kg)
Known as the fattest woman in history, Carol Yeger weighted 1,200 pounds (544 kg) upon her death in 1994 at the age of 34. Carol had a rough life, as she claimed developing an eating disorder as a child in response to being sexually abused by a “close family member.” She was also the owner of the largest waist of all time in circumference at 9 ft 11 in (3.02 m). But that’s not all, as her boyfriend claimed that her actual peak weight was 1,600 pounds (727 kg), which would make her the heaviest person in recorded history. When question about this estimate, Carol’s doctor refused to comment.
3. Manuel Uribe – 1,320 lbs (597 kg)
This Mexican managed to grab the world’s attention with his morbid obesity, as he reached his top weight of nearly 600 kilograms, or 1320 lbs. After not leaving bed for almost a decade, Uribe lost almost a third of his weight with the help from multiple nutrition experts. He turned down offers for gastric bypass surgery and further worked on losing weight, but sadly, Manuel died on May 26, 2014 after suffering several cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat) among various health issues caused by liver failure.
2. Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari – 1,345 lbs (610 kg)
Born in 1991, this young man from Saudi Arabia was confirmed as the heaviest person on Earth in 2013. In August 2013, King Abdullah himself ordered that Khalid is to be moved to the country’s capital of Riyadh for an emergency intervention. He managed to quickly lose over 700 lbs (318 kg) in mere six months. Prior to the intervention, Shaari was bed-bound in his home for two years.
1. Jon Brower Minnoch – 1,400 lbs (635 kg)
Late Jon Brower Minnoch still holds the record of the heaviest person ever with a staggering weight of 1,400 pounds (635 kg), making him the only fella on our list to reach the 100-stone weight figure. This former taxi driver was born in 1941, and passed away in 1983 at the age of 41. Excessive body weight kept following Jon throughout his life; at the age of 12 he was already at 294 pounds (132 kg). During the peak of his heaviness, it took 13 people just to roll him over.