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'World's Most Obese Man' Sheds Half His Body Weight After Gastric Surgery

'World's Most Obese Man' Sheds Half His Body Weight After Gastric Surgery

A man who was previously the world's most obese man has lost nearly half his weight in just a couple of years. Needless to say, he no longer holds the title, but you can bet that he doesn't care about that.

Thirty-two-year-old Juan Pedro Franco, from Mexico, had not left his bed for an entire decade before he had the life-changing surgery. After having a gastric band fitted, undergoing a gastric bypass, and having a sleeve gastrectomy, he has lost 47 stone (670lbs). He previously weighed 93 stone.

He has also now managed to come off a lot of the medicine he was on to treat his diabetes and hypertension, according to reports.

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Juan Pedro Franco, pre-surgery
Juan Pedro Franco, pre-surgery

Franco was awarded the dubious honour of becoming the world's most obese man after he was recognised by Guinness World Records. However, after the success he has been losing weight and he plans to drop another 23 stone (330lbs) at least.

The doctors say that whilst he still needs to lose that weight, he can now do everything that he wants to do, as opposed to before when he couldn't do anything and was unable to move.

Franco puts his weight gain - around 22lbs for every single year of his life - down to not having enough money to live a healthy lifestyle.

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He said: "When I was six, I weighed almost 132 lbs, and that was not because I didn't take care but because it was a disease I was born with."

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Juan Pedro Franco, formerly the 'World's Most Obese Man'. Credit: CEN
Juan Pedro Franco, formerly the 'World's Most Obese Man'. Credit: CEN

He was eventually compelled into action as a result of receiving the 'world's most obese man' title. He says that he never lost his drive to lose the weight, even when he was told that there was a chance that he wouldn't survive the surgery.

There's still a long way to go, but he certainly looks better off for having the surgery and losing the weight. Hopefully he will be able to go on to drop more and more pounds and get down to a relatively healthy size.

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He can take inspiration from the story of 12-year-old Arya Permana, who was dubbed the 'world's most obese boy' but managed to shed half his body weight after bariatric surgery.

Back in May, Arya told ABC: "My weight has dropped dramatically after the bariatric surgery.

"They made my stomach smaller, I lost my appetite, now even six spoons [of food] already makes me full."

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He added: "They prevent me from consuming sweet food and drinks, particularly soft drinks.

"They ask me to eat more fruits and do exercise regularly."

Featured Image Credit: CEN

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]