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The World’s 10 Fattest People and How They Died

You must have encountered a number of obese and overweight people up until this point, but I’m willing to guarantee that after you see the actual fattest humans who have ever lived on Earth, your definition of obese and fat will be completely modified, and you’ll feel insecure even if you gain one kilogram.

This article is devoted to the 10 persons who have held the record for being the heaviest ever to live on our planet. These individuals weighed so much that it was difficult for them to move about on their own without assistance. In point of fact, several of these required the assistance of trained personnel in order to be relocated, and they also need assistance with their day-to-day activities.

Do you have any idea how difficult their lives must have been? Do you understand what they’ve been going through or the stress they’ve been under because they’re overweight? You’re probably going to laugh at first or express your complete surprise that there can be so many heavy people.

However, as soon as you realize their agony and misery, you’ll feel instant pity for them, despite the fact that this was the state in which they could not help themselves.

The World Health Organization estimates that there were 650 million obese adults globally in 2016, and that the prevalence of obesity has more than tripled since 1975. It’s not something to be taken lightly at all.

Obesity is linked to a variety of health issues, some of the most serious of which include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and failure of the kidneys and liver.

Overweight and obesity

Obesity is a complicated health concern that is linked to an increased risk of a wide variety of ongoing health issues, some of which are high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, as well as other conditions.

There are a lot of different things that can make it harder for certain people than it is for others to keep a healthy weight. Obesity can be caused by a combination of variables, including genetics, environment, stress, and other physiological aspects of the body.

The body mass index (BMI) is used to classify different levels of overweight and obesity.

Causes of obesity:

  • Genetics
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Diet high in processed foods and sugar
  • Chronic stress
  • Chronic stress
  • Medication
  • Food availability
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Frequent dieting attempts and weight cycling

Complications of obesity

People who are obese have a higher risk of getting various health concerns, such as:

Top 10 Fattest People

Let’s take a look at the top 10 heaviest people who have ever lived on this planet:

1. Jon Brower Minnoch

Jon Brower Minnoch
Jon Brower Minnoch

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Jon Brower Minnoch holds the title of being the heaviest man who has ever lived. In 1978, when he weighed 1,400 pounds, it took 13 people to roll him over in the hospital where he was being treated for congestive heart failure.

He was able to survive after being placed on a rigorous regimen and, as a result, shed a significant amount of weight. In the end, he passed away in 1983, when he weighed 798 pounds.

2. Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari

Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari
Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari

Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari: (born 28 February 1991) is a Saudi Arabian man who in August 2013 was found to be the heaviest living person and the second-heaviest person in recorded history at 610 kg (1,340 lb; 96 st), behind Jon Brower Minnoch.

In addition to this, he held the record for the highest BMI ever recorded at 204. In Saudi Arabia, when he was in his late teens and still living there. Because of his extreme obesity, the King of Saudi Arabia took action and demanded that he be admitted to a medical facility.

3. Manuel Uribe Garza

Manuel Uribe Garza
Manuel Uribe Garza

Manuel Uribe Garza was a Mexican man who suffered from morbid obesity to one of the largest extents that is known in recorded history. He was born on June 11, 1965, and passed away on May 26, 2014. He had reached his peak weight of approximately 600 kilograms (1,300 pounds) and had been unable to leave his bed since the year 2002.

In February 2008, with the assistance of physicians and nutritionists, he lost approximately 230 kilograms (510 lb), which is more than one-third of his total body weight. On the other hand, he passed away on May 26, 2014, at his birthplace weighing 394 kg (869 lb).

In January of 2006, Uribe captured the attention of people all around the world when he made an impassioned appeal on a television network in Mexico, which resulted in both private and official help.

In addition, he was profiled in the documentary The World’s Heaviest Man, which aired on television in 2007 and was about his bedridden life and attempts to overcome his obesity. In 2009, the Discovery Channel aired a documentary that was very similar to The World’s Heaviest Man, which was titled The World’s Heaviest Man Gets Married.

4. Carol Ann Yager

Carol Ann Yager
Carol Ann Yager

Carol Ann Yager was an American woman who was the heaviest woman ever recorded and one of the most seriously obese people in the history of the world. She was born on January 26, 1960, and passed away on July 18, 1994.

Carol Yager, who was 34 years old at the time, weighed 1,189 pounds when she was taken to the hospital by firefighters in 1993. It had been nine months since she had moved. They were able to assist her in losing 500 pounds while she was in the hospital, but despite this, she was still significantly overweight.

Yager had a body weight of approximately 1,200 pounds (540 kg) and a height of approximately 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 m) when she passed away in the year 1994 at the age of 34. Although this measurement has not been confirmed by Yager’s medical team or family members, the weird magazine said that she was estimated to have been more over 5 feet (1.5 m) wide.

However, just a little time before she passed away, she was able to pass through the front entrance of her home, which was built to be 48 inches (121.9 cm) wide. According to allegations that were published, her ex-boyfriend was quoted as saying that he estimated her greatest weight to be approximately 1,600 lb (730 kg).

The physician treating Yager did not provide any comment when questioned about this estimate.

5. Walter Hudson

Walter Hudson
Walter Hudson

The Guinness World Record for the largest waist was held by Walter Hudson, a resident of Hempstead, New York, who was born on June 5, 1944 and passed away on December 24, 1991. In 1987, when he had reached his heaviest weight of 1,197 pounds, it had a measurement of 109 inches (277 cm) (543 kg; 85.5 st).

According to Hudson, a typical day of eating for him includes two boxes of sausages, 0.45 kilograms of bacon, 12 eggs, a loaf of bread, four hamburgers and four double cheeseburgers, five large portions of fries, three ham steaks or two chickens, four baked potatoes, four sweet potatoes, the majority of a large cake, and various other snacks.

In addition to that, he consumed a daily average of seven liters of soda. Additionally, at a weight of 1,200 pounds, Walter Hudson held the title of being the largest man ever. In 1991, at the age of 46, he passed away at his home as the result of a heart attack. When he passed away, his weight was determined to be 1,125 pounds.

6. Robert Butler

Robert Butler
Robert Butler

Robert Butler, who passed away in 2015, was one of the five heaviest people to ever live, reaching his heaviest weight in 2015. He was born in 1972. On July 6, 2015, he passed away in the Eleanor Slater hospital at the age of 43 due to complications from a sepsis infection.

It took seven hours to transport him, and it was done by two local fire departments utilizing a shipping container, crane, and flatbed truck. The transportation was planned out very well. The staggering weight of 1,200 pounds was carried by Robert Butler. It was still necessary for him to shed a few hundred pounds before he could have surgery.

7. Patrick Darren Deuel

Patrick Darren Deuel
Patrick Darren Deuel

Patrick Darren Deuel, an American, was renowned for being among the world’s heaviest individuals. The documentary “Half Ton Man,” which is part of Channel Four’s BodyShock series, focused on him as its subject.

After losing a world-record 349 kilograms, Rosalie Bradford shared some words of wisdom in the documentary she made about her experience. Patrick Deuel used to weigh 1,072 pounds before he went to the hospital, which led to his having gastric surgery. Although the procedure helped him lose some weight and ultimately saved his life, he is still obese and struggles with a variety of health issues.

On April 29, 2016, at the age of 54, Deuel passed away in the comfort of his home in Kearney, Nebraska.

8. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty
Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty was born on September 9, 1980, and passed away on September 25, 2017. She was regarded as the heaviest woman in the world who was still alive at the time of her death, and the second heaviest woman in history, after Carol Yager.

However, Eman’s height of 4 feet 7 12 inches (141 cm) was approximately a foot shorter than Yager’s height of 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm), which resulted in Eman having the highest recorded BMI of 251.1 and the greatest body fat percentage. It was reported that her starting weight was at around 500 kilograms (1,100 lb).

In February of 2017, Abd El Aty embarked on a trip to India, where she underwent bariatric surgery performed by a team of specialists led by Muffazal Lakdawala. The procedure was a complete success. One of them was an endocrinologist, another was a chest physician, another was a cardiologist, another was a cardiac surgeon, two others were bariatric surgeons, two others were intensivists, and three others were anesthetists.

After the operation, she had to remain in Mumbai for the following few months. The plan was to do two operations on her and then gradually bring her weight down to less than 100 kilograms over the course of the next three and a half years (220 lb). She suffered from a rare thyroid issue in addition to a gene abnormality, all of which contributed to her weight gain. She was only 37 years old when she passed away as a result of heart and kidney disease.

9. Robert Earl Hughes

Robert Earl Hughes
Robert Earl Hughes

Robert Earl Hughes, the son of Abraham Guy Hughes (1878–1957) and Georgia Alice Weatharby, was born on June 4, 1926 in Monticello, Missouri. His parents were Abraham Guy Hughes and Georgia Alice Weatharby (1906–1947). The dysfunction of his pituitary gland was thought to be the cause of his high weight. At his heaviest, he weighed 486 kilograms, which is equivalent to 1071.45 pounds.

During the course of his adult life, Howard Hughes made special appearances at several fairs and carnivals. Although he was scheduled to make an appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, the event never took place. On July 10, 1958, Hughes was diagnosed with measles, which quickly progressed into uremia.

Hughes passed just two weeks later. He suffered from congestive heart disease and passed away in 1958 at the age of 32. He weighed 1,041 pounds.

10. Michael Hebranko

Michael Hebranko
Michael Hebranko

Michael Hebranko, who lived from May 14, 1953, until his death on July 25, 2013, was one of the heaviest men to ever live and was diagnosed with morbid obesity. He passed away on July 25, 2013. His weight went from 411 kg (906 lb) to 90 kg (200 lb) in 19 months with the help of the dieting and exercise coach Richard Simmons.

He was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest recorded weight loss in 1990. His waist size went from 290 cm (110 in) to 91 cm (36 in). In addition, his weight went from 411 kg (906 lb) to 90 kg (200 lb). The fat that was surgically removed contributed to some of the weight loss he experienced.

After that, he went on a lecture tour throughout the United States, where he discussed his experiences and promoted healthy lifestyle choices including dieting and exercising. However, as a result of his consistent participation in yo-yo dieting, he fluctuated his weight back and forth by a total of 4,004 pounds.

In 2013, he passed away as a result of complications with his heart, kidneys, and liver.


Talk to your healthcare provider if you’ve noticed that you’ve been putting on weight and are concerned about developing obesity. Making healthy lifestyle adjustments in your younger years can help you avoid future medical complications and reduce your risk of developing other types of chronic illness.

If you are concerned about how your weight affects your health, do not be afraid to seek support from others.

Obianuju Chukwu

She has a degree in pharmacy and has worked in the field as a pharmacist in a hospital. Teaching, blogging, and producing scientific articles are some of her interests. She enjoys writing on various topics relating to health and medicine, including health and beauty-related natural treatments, the nutritional worth of various foods, and mental wellness.

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