The 7 Heaviest People That Ever Lived

The world as we have it today is filled with billions of people with various heights, cultures, weights, beliefs, occupations, diets, hobbies and many more peculiar features. With birth and death rates constantly increasing and reducing numbers, we have new varieties everyday. 

Science already proves that most of these bodily features are influenced by genetics. Since these genes are more probable than certain, we have very exceptional genes like very dense weights, giant-like heights and so many others in certain persons. 

Our concern here is the heaviest people ever lived. Sounds intriguing right? Read on to learn more!

1. Jon Minnoc

Jon Brower Minnoch was an American man who, at his greatest weight of 1,400 lb, was the heaviest person ever being documented. Minnoch weighed 294 pounds at the age of 12 and stood 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm) tall. By the age of 22, he was 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm) tall and weighed 500 pounds.

Minnoch’s weight continuously increased until his hospitalization in March 1978, at the age of 36, for heart and respiratory failure. Minnoch was diagnosed with enormous global edema, a disorder in which the body collects an abnormally large amount of extracellular fluid.

Endocrinologist Robert Schwartz calculated that he must have weighed more than 1,400 lbs (635 kg) at the time of his hospitalization, and that most of his entire body mass was retained fluid.

2. Khalid Bin Mohsen

Khalid bin Mohsen is a Saudi Arabian man who was discovered in August 2013 to be the heaviest living person and the second-heaviest person in recorded history.

Khalid weighed 1,340 lbs (610 kg), just behind Jon Brower Minnoch. In addition, he had the highest BMI ever recorded at 204. He shed 710 pounds (320 kilograms) in six months as a result of medical therapy, which was more than half of his body weight at the time.

3. Manuel Uribe Garza

Manuel Uribe Garza was a Mexican man who suffered from morbid obesity to one of the most extreme levels ever reported in recorded history. He shed 510 lbs (230 kg), or more than one-third of his total weight, after reaching a high weight of nearly 1,300 lbs (600 kg) and being unable to leave his bed since 2002.

By February 2008, this had been accomplished with the assistance of physicians and nutritionists. However, he died on May 26, 2014, in his birthplace, weighing 869 pounds (394 kg).

He was also featured in The World’s Heaviest Man, a 2007 television documentary about his bedridden existence and efforts to lose weight.

4. Carol Yager

Carol Ann Yager was the heaviest lady ever documented and one of the most seriously obese persons in history. Yager shed the greatest weight without surgery in the shortest amount of time: 521 lb (236 kg) in three months.

Yager weighed around 1,200 lbs (540 kg) and was 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 m) tall when she died in 1994 at the age of 34. She was, nevertheless, able to fit through her custom-built 48-inch (121.9-cm) wide front door just before her death. According to published sources, she weighed around 1,603 lbs at the time of her highest weight (727 kg).

5. Walter Hudson

Walter Hudson held the Guinness World Record for having the world’s widest waist. When he was at his highest weight of 1,197 pounds (543 kg) in 1987, it reached 119 inches (302 cm).

Hudson described his typical daily diet as two boxes of sausages, one pound (0.45 kg) of bacon, twelve eggs, and a loaf of bread for breakfast, four hamburgers, four double cheeseburgers, and five large portions of fries for lunch, and three large ham steaks or two chickens, four baked potatoes, four sweet potatoes, four heads of broccoli, and the majority of a large cake for dinner. He also ate extra snacks and drank 237 oz / 1.9 gallon / 7 liters of soda every day.

6. Michael Hebranko

Michael John Hebranko was an American man who suffered from morbid obesity and was one of the world’s largest men. Michael Hebranko Sr. and Jeanette Pica raised Hebranko in Brooklyn. His paternal grandpa was an immigrant from Ukraine.

With the guidance of nutrition and fitness instructor Richard Simmons, he decreased his weight from 906 lbs (411 kg) to 200 lbs (90 kg) and waist size from 290 cm (110 in) to 91 cm (36 in) in 19 months after a stint at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. In 1990, this was documented in the Guinness Book of World Records as the greatest reported weight reduction. Hebranko was at his peak weight of 1,100 lbs (499 kg) in June 1999.

7. Patrick Deuel

Patrick Darren Deuel was an American who was noted for being one of the world’s heaviest persons. In Channel Four’s BodyShock series, he was the subject of the documentary “Half Ton Man.” Rosalie Bradford provided advice in the documentary after accomplishing a 769-pound weight reduction record (349 kg).

Deuel had not left his residence in Valentine for five years at one time. At his peak, he stood 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) tall and weighed 1,072 pounds (486 kg). He was so big that a hole had to be made in his bedroom wall to get him out. Deuel lost more than a quarter of a ton after undergoing gastric bypass surgery following his hospitalization.

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