The former fattest man in the world, Paul Mason, has lost almost two thirds of his weight – but now wants an operation to remove excess skin.
Mason, 51, who had to quit his job as a postman when his weight prevented him from completing his deliveries, once weighed an incredible 70 stone – approximately 445kg – and firefighters had to demolish the front of his house so he could be removed using a fork lift truck and taken to hospital.
Mason claimed that his binge eating began in his 20s at the time of his father’s death and a deterioration in his mother’s health. As he gained weight, he was left unable to stand or walk before finally becoming bed-ridden and being catered after full time by council carers.
But after NHS surgery two years ago, the former postman from Ipswich, Suffolk, has slimmed to only 25 stone approximately 159kg.
His weight loss has meant he is able to go out and about again in his motorised wheelchair, and can walk short distances.