The World’s Heaviest Man Ever Recorded

fattest man in the worldJon Brower Minnoch was born on 29 September 1941. He was the heaviest man ever recorded, at his peak he was approximately 1400 lb (634 kg, 100 stone). Although this had to be professionally estimated due to his huge size, poor health, and lack of mobility prevented the use of a scale.

When Minnoch was aged 12 he weighed 290 lb (132 kg, 21 stone), at the age of 22 he  weighed 392 lbs (178 kg, 28 stone) and stood 6′ 1″ (1.85 m) tall.

In March 1978 Minnoch was hospitalized due to cardiac and respiratory failure. That same year,  he married his 110-lb wife Jeannette and they had two children. He broke the record for the greatest difference in weight between a man and wife. Minnoch was then diagnosed with massive edema, a condition where the body accumulates excess extracellular fluid. He was hospitalized again. On his admission, it was estimated by a Dr. Robert Schwartz that over 900 lbs (408 kg) of his overall body mass was retained fluid.

Getting Minnoch to and from hospital was extremely difficult. It took over a dozen firemen and rescue personnel with a specially modified stretcher, and a ferry boat to transport him to University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Where, he needed two beds pushed together, and it took 13 people to simply roll him over to change his bed linen.

After 16 months on a strict diet of 1,200 calories per day, he was discharged from the hospital. He then weighed 476 lb (215 kg), having lost approximately 924 lb (419 kg). This was the largest weight loss ever documented for a human being. He was readmitted to the hospital  the following year in October 1981, his weight had increased to 952 lbs (432 kg). His underlying condition of edema had become incurable and very difficult to treat, it was decided to stop treating him, and 23 months later on September 10, 1983, at aged 41 he died. At the time of his death, he weighed 798 lbs (362 kg, 57 stone).

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