Last updateFri, 13 Jul 2018 7am

World’s most obese man sheds 218 kilos

Juan Pedro Franco, a 32-year-old from Aguascalientes recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most obese person in the world, underwent weight-loss surgery at a Guadalajara clinic earlier this year.


Just a few months later, he’s lost an incredible 218 kilos.

The bariatric surgeon in charge of Pedro Franco’s slimming down, Juan Antonio Castañeda, has noticed significant improvements in his patient’s quality of life as he’s dropped weight. He now has less difficulty breathing, circulation has improved, and he’s been able to take a few steps.

Another surgery is planned for November, which Castañeda and his team are confident will result in another impressive discharge of excess ballast for Franco, who has shown himself to be a remarkably upbeat, as well as an empathetic and thoughtful, young man throughout the lengthy ordeal.

“I’ve communicated with people from other parts of the world who are in my situation and who feel desperate. Nobody understands what they’re going through, and nobody helps them,” lamented Franco, who sees his Guinness record in a positive light, as it may serve, according to him, to bring the problem of morbid obesity to the public consciousness and change people’s attitude towards those who suffer from it.

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