25 Fattest People In The World

Posted by , Updated on May 23, 2024

Curious about who the heaviest people in the world are? The number of individuals falling into this category might be far higher than you expect, and the trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down. According to data from the World Health Organization, obesity rates have seen a worrying increase, tripling between 1975 and 2016. By 2016, 650 million adults were classified as obese. This is a significant issue, as obesity can lead to severe health problems like type-2 diabetes, heart disease, and kidney and liver failure. However, the good news is that for many, obesity is highly preventable. While most individuals might gain weight and hit a certain threshold, some far exceed this, reaching three or four times their healthy weight. So, before you grab that next serving of potato chips, take a moment to think about these 25 individuals who are among the world’s most overweight.


Andre Nasr

andre nasrSource: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3277903/Australia-s-heaviest-man-loses-whopping-200KG-learns-walk-again.html

Once considered Australia’s fattest man, Andre Nasr weighed 440 pounds before he was removed from his home to be hospitalized. He was eating a 12,000 calorie diet.


Donna Simpson

binging on foodSource: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2032285/Worlds-heaviest-mother-goes-diet-ditched-chubby-chaser-fianc.html

Donna Simpson actually wanted to become the world’s heaviest woman, trying to reach her goal of getting to 1,000 pounds. She reached 600 pounds but not much higher. She ran a website where her fans could pay to watch her eat online, earning $90,000 a year.


Michael Edelman

lost weightSource: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1994-05-27/news/9405280096_1_michael-edelman-mother-bed

At 800 pounds, Michael Edelman fell over and couldn’t get back up. He didn’t have the strength. When his mother called the police, they also struggled to lift him. Years later, he grew to 1,020 pounds and died of pneumonia and malnutrition.


David Ron High

stretcherSource: http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/1-000-lb-man-body-autopsy-article-1.736163

David Ron High reached 1,000 pounds before succumbing to his obesity. It took six hours to get him out of his apartment, using ropes and a stretcher to lower him out a window. He died in the hospital due to liver and kidney failure.


Sylvanus Smith

forkliftSource: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1995/jun/16/greatly-obese-man-succumbs-at-age-54/

Sylvanus Smith lived to be 54 before his obesity caught up with him. Weighing around 1,000 pounds, he had to be loaded into a truck with a forklift to get to the hospital to lose the weight. He lost 300 pounds at the hospital but gained it all back again. Diabetes among other complications were the causes of his eventual death.


José Luis Garza

pizzaSource: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/27034942/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/t/worlds-heaviest-man-helps-another-obese-man/#.Wk0DDFQ-euU

Doctors believed José Luis Garza could have weighed around 990 pounds, but they weren’t for sure as he hadn’t been on a scale in years. He was once a chef but would succumb to a cycle of depression and binge-eating. Seeking help, he said he didn’t want to reach the record of world’s heaviest man.


Terri Smith

terri smithSource: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1337077/World-s-fattest-woman-Terri-Smith-told-Diet-die-hitting-50-STONE.html

Considered to be one of the world’s fattest women, Terri Smith weighs around 700 pounds. She can’t move out of her bed due to her weight. She’s taken care of regularly by her husband and family.


Andrés Moreno

andres morenoSource: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/mexico/12069458/Worlds-fattest-man-Andres-Moreno-dies-in-Mexico.html

Andrés Moreno weighed 980 pounds when he died at the age of 38 on Christmas Day. He passed away due to a heart attack. For a short time, he was considered the world’s fattest man.


Keith Martin

keith martinSource: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/worlds-fattest-man-keith-martin-4751943

At age 44, Keith Martin weighed around 980 pounds and was scheduled to have surgery to lose some of the weight. Doctors performed a gastric sleeve to remove a portion of his stomach. Sadly, Martin died due to pneumonia only eight months after the surgery.


Mayra Rosales

mayra rosalesSource: http://abcnews.go.com/US/half-ton-killer-mayra-rosales-reveals-falsely-confessed/story?id=21074469

Mayra Rosales not only faced possible death due to health complications from her 1,000-pound weight but also the death penalty due to charges that she murdered her two-year-old nephew. She claimed she fell over and crushed the boy. Fortunately, she lost most of the weight and was released of the charges when the autopsy revealed her crushing the boy didn’t quite match up. They discovered she was covering for her sister who repeatedly abused the boy.


Mills Darden

farmSource: http://offbeattenn.com/tennessees-giant-mills-darden-real-life-paul-bunyan/

Standing tall at 7 feet, six inches, Mills Darden weighed around 1,100 pounds at his death. There are no photos of him as he lived from 1799 to 1857. But it’s said he lived an active life of labor on his farm. Doctors claimed his cause of death was strangulation due to the fat rolls around his windpipe.


Michael Hebranko

michael hebrankoSource: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2111098/Michael-Hebranko-Yo-yo-dieter-weighs-558lbs-told-lose-weight-youll-die.html

Michael Hebranko, at his heaviest, weighed 1,120 pounds. However, after constantly yo-yo dieting, he lost and gained a total of 4,004 pounds. He died due to heart, kidney, and liver failure in 2013.


Mike Parteleno

mike portelenoSource: http://www.dimensionsmagazine.com/dimtext/kjn/people/heaviest.htm

Claiming to weigh 1,022 pounds, Mike Parteleno was once a spokesperson for Dick Gregory’s Bahamian Diet. He also liked to compete in belly flop contests.


Kenneth Brumley

kennethSource: http://www.careersforhealthcare.com/10-heaviest-people-in-history/

Kenneth Brumley appeared on a documentary called Half Ton Dad, weighing 1,033 pounds. At a young age, he was an avid athlete but gave it up and started to gain significant weight. Reportedly, he was consuming an average of 30,000 calories a day.


Dzhambik Khatokhov

dzhambik khatokhovSource: https://dangerousminds.net/comments/whatever_happened_to_dzhambulat_khatokhov_the_worlds_heaviest_child

At age 4, Dzhambik Khatokhov became the world’s fattest child, weighing 123 pounds. His weight only grew from there. By age 9, he was 406 pounds.


Robert Earl Hughes

robert earl hughesSource: http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20080430/NEWS/304309980

Due to a weird pituitary gland condition, Robert Earl Hughes gained weight quickly and became the World’s Heaviest Man during his lifetime. At age 32 in 1958, he died of congestive heart failure and weighed 1,041 pounds.


Paul Mason

paul masonSource: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/11692643/Were-all-responsible-for-the-death-of-Britains-fattest-man.html

Paul Mason was once the world’s fattest man, weighing 980 pounds. His binge-eating began when his father died and his mother grew ill. However, after getting gastric surgery, he began to shed the weight.


Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty

eman ahmed abd el atySource: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/09/25/doctors-in-three-countries-tried-to-save-the-worlds-heaviest-woman-now-they-mourn-her/?utm_term=.cee6a4c24fa1

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, thought to be one of the world’s heaviest women, weighed 1,100 pounds. She had a rare thyroid condition and gene defect that caused the weight gain. She died at the age of 37 due to heart and kidney failure.


Patrick Deuel

patrick deuelSource: http://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/nebraska/epilogue-health-problems-hound-former-half-ton-man/article_87d7257e-c763-5ade-9aad-9f75231ce45e.html

Patrick Deuel weighed 1,o72 pounds and was frequently known and called the “Half-ton man.” A trip to the hospital caused him to get gastric surgery that saved his life and helped him shed some of the weight, but he’s still obese with lots of health problems.


Robert Butler

sepsisSource: http://wpri.com/2015/07/24/friends-say-bob-butler-was-more-than-just-a-1200-pound-man/

Robert Butler weighed a whopping 1,200 pounds. To get an operation done, he had to still lose a few hundred pounds. Unfortunately, at 43, he died due to complications from a sepsis infection.


Walter Hudson

walter hudsonSource: http://www.nytimes.com/1991/12/26/obituaries/walter-hudson-46-called-heaviest-man.html

Walter Hudson was also once considered the heaviest man, weighing 1,200 pounds. At 46 in 1991, he died due to a heart attack at his home. He was 1,125 pounds at the time of his death.


Carol Yager

carol yagerSource: http://articles.latimes.com/1993-07-11/news/mn-12078_1_nursing-homes

In 1993, Carol Yager, 34, weighed 1,189 pounds when firefighters came to take her to the hospital. She hadn’t moved in nine months. While at the hospital, they were able to help her lose 500 pounds, but she was still drastically overweight.


Manuel Uribe

manuel uribeSource: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/05/27/once-the-worlds-heaviest-man-manuel-uribe-dies/?utm_term=.b03386dc25a6

Also once the world’s heaviest man, Manuel Uribe weighed 1,230 pounds before dying at the age of 48. He hadn’t left his bed in 6 years. It’s believed he died of liver and cardiac conditions.


Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari

saudi arabiaSource: http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/03/world/meast/saudi-arabia-obesity/index.html

In Saudi Arabia, Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari weighed 1,345 pounds while in his late teenage years. Due to his excessive weight, the King of Saudi Arabia intervened, ordering him to be hospitalized.


Jon Brower Minnoch

jon brower minnochSource: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/heaviest-man

Jon Brower Minnoch is considered by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the heaviest man ever. He once weighed 1,400 pounds in 1978, and while in a hospital being treated for congestive heart failure, it took 13 people to roll him over. He survived after being put on a strict diet, losing a lot of his weight in the process. Eventually he died in 1983 at 798 pounds.

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