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A Briton who devours eight hotdogs for breakfast has won the dubious accolade of being named the world’s fattest man.
Keith Martin, 42, tips the scales at 58 stone (about 368.32kg), and is so large that he is bed-ridden.
His needs are putting an extra drain on NHS resources and costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds as he requires an army of 18 medical professionals to look after him, including ambulance staff, carers and nurses.
Eight ambulance workers must be on hand to help hoist his giant frame to a reinforced vehicle for frequent hospital visits close to his home in Harlesden, North-West London.
Trips for health checks are the only occasions in the past ten years on which he has left his bed. He also requires four carers to visit him twice a day and four nurses three times a week to wash him and monitor his health as his staggering weight is putting massive strain on his heart and other internal organs.
Medics say he would need to shed half his bulk before he could even be considered for a gastric band to aid his weight loss.
Mr Martin took the crown of heaviest man on the planet after the previous title-holder - a 90-stone Mexican - went on a crash diet. Manuel Uribe, 44, is still listed as the heaviest man in the Guinness Book of Records but is believed to have shrunk to a relatively svelte 31st 6lb. Mr Martin has also overtaken another former world’s heaviest man, fellow Brit Paul Mason.
Mr Mason, a 51-year-old former postman from Ipswich, slimmed down from 70st to 49st after being warned he was dangerously close to death.
At the height of his binge-eating, Mr Mason would consume in excess of 20 000 calories per day and would be wheeled to local takeaways daily by his carers.
By 2002, he was so big that a 5ft window at his former home had to be removed and a forklift truck brought in to lift him when he needed to go to hospital for a hernia operation.
But the subsequent fitting of a gastric band coupled with a healthy diet finally saw him reach a manageable weight.
Super-sized Mr Martin seems to have no plans to follow Mr Mason’s lead, and tells a Channel 5 documentary, due to be aired next week, that his life of excess was triggered by the death of his mother when he was a teenager.
“My mother died when I was 16 and I didn’t care about anything after that and I couldn’t care less about what happened to me - I ate anything and everything,” he said.
“I blame myself. It was my fault and I hate what I have done to myself.”
Mr Martin has not had a girlfriend for 20 years and can no longer find clothes that fit him as at 5ft 9in with a six-foot waist he is wider than he is tall.
He relies on round-the-clock support from carers and relatives with his two sisters taking it in turn to carry out house visits. He spends his days watching television and gorging on sweets, cakes, biscuits and sausages.
Mr Martin is one of several morbidly obese Brits to appear in the TV programme Big Body Squad, which aims to raise awareness of the plight of more than a million similarly overweight people who cost taxpayers millions of pounds in home help costs every year.
HIS TYPICAL DAILY MENU
Keith Martin typically starts the day with eight hotdogs and four slices of bread, or a pile of ham sandwiches followed by coffee with sugar.
A selection of chocolate bars, cakes and a packet of biscuits, plus more coffee with sugar.
Two whole roast dinners with all the trimmings, or 16 sausages plus a family-sized bag of oven chips washed down with coffee. - Daily Mail
Every story of a morbidly obese bed-ridden person is the same, there is always someone who is taking time out of their day to go to the store and actually buy all these cakes and cookies and sausages. I simply cannot fathom why they wouldn't just buy him healthier food, so he can either eat that or starve. It would be so easy for them to help him lose weight.
Flatulence must be an awful problem and will put the carers at great risk!
This guy does not need carers, he needs a dietician who will monitor everything he tries to eat. If he is trying to eat himself to death why don't his carers simply stick a pillow over his face and save the taxpayers money.
Simple solution to the problem... If the chap is hungry, let him go out and get his own food. Caregiver's can supply water and vitamins. If he doen't care, why should anyone else?
Disgusting. Its shocking that the taxpayer should have to fork out for this glutton.
Disgusting. Put him in the workhouse and he'll soon shed kilos. Gruel and water.
What about the man in South Africa who passed away weighing 550 KG's?
And here I was under the impression that SA adopted the metric system in the early 70s. This is lazy copy and paste without even the effort of translating unit.
And this is meant to be an achievement of sorts?!? Absolutely disgusting.
muddy waters, wrote
who is buying him this food? who is paying for the food? What a ridiculous situation. He can't go out himself so is at the mercy of the "zoo keepers". Cut down on the quantities and he has no choice but to lose weight and gain health. If he starts freaking out, then they can just leave and let him sort himself out. Boo hoo - he lost his mother as a teenager. Presumably his sisters did also and they are now pandering to his needs??? SICK SICK SICK.
A man in South Africa diedd last week at the weight of 550kg, see Beeld.com site for photo. Is this not a bigger world record?
I cant understand this... If he is bed ridden then why don't his carers just stop feeding him so much? He will automatically start loosing weight. Its not like he's gonna starve to death!!
Are we seriously expected to feel sorry for this person ..... disgusting
The Carers and his sisters should be charged with attempted murder, the man cannot buy his own food or cook it. Stop feeding the pig.
Horrible to see that there are no veggies included in that diet... Shame on you.. Eat some green and keep it lean!!
Silly silly silly
Live in London, wrote
What!!! So my tax money is paying for this guy's disgusting lifestyle!!!!
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