Ex-world's fattest man who lost 51st has piled 20st back on in lockdown

A man who used to be the fattest person in the world, topping the scales at 70stone before falling back to the 19th, piled on 20stone in lockdown, he revealed.

Paul Mason, 60, lost his weight thanks to surgery, but depression during the pandemic caused him to eat chips.

Paul has since lost most of his mobility due to chronic arthritis and spends his time in a stand-up chair.

Six months ago he overdosed due to depression and was rescued by paramedics who had to carry him out of his quarters in a sling.

Paul told The mirror : “Nobody listened, nothing happened, I could see how I fell back into the bad old days, so it was a cry for help.”

Two years ago, Paul was admitted to and from the hospital and had to have operations on his knees and hips – as well as several hernias.

None of the surgeries happened due to the pandemic resulting in depression and eating – mostly chips.

Paul said, “I use it to avoid the sharpness because I am in terrible pain from arthritis and I have a doctor who cannot give me adequate pain relief. She said I have to live with it.

“Also, I wasn’t getting the minerals I needed because my gastric bypass had to be changed, and that made my depression worse, which made me very unhappy.

“Of course I’m disappointed that I gained weight again, but considering how tough things have been for everyone, I think I can’t let myself get too much because depression is what brought me here in the first place.

“I just have to focus on recovery and the future, and I’ve realized that I can do that through therapy.

“If I could tell anyone how to fight that, I’d say a lot of it is in their head.”

Paul had gastric bypass surgery in 2010 and skin folds were removed in two surgeries. He ended up on 19th

He got engaged in January 2014 after meeting American Rebecca Mountain on Facebook, Paul moved to the US but the two separated and he returned home.

His story will be told in a new documentary on ITV Wednesday night, filmed over the course of ten years, showing that his services do not cover the cost of the therapy he needs.

Paul now lives alone in a serviced apartment in Plymouth, where he has 24/7 access to care.

He said, “The pandemic wasn’t that bad because I’m used to living in some sort of isolation and we were well looked after, but the delays in everything I need set me back, but the incident where I had to be. ”carried out meant that they will now try to get me a ground floor apartment so that at least something good will come of it.

“It just feels like I’ve been left in the air, I know it’s the same for a lot of other people, but I don’t want to lie here and be disappointed, I want to go ahead with things and try to be positive be the future.

“I hate living the way I am, but I hope things will get better in the New Year when I get access to more treatments.”

Paul believes therapy will be the key to his success from now on.

He said, “You can fix your body very quickly with all the surgeons, but your mind needs more, and it’s important too because the mind obviously controls everything.

“I started therapy in 2008 and continued therapy until my trip to America, but I gave up and now realize that it was a mistake.

“Personally, I think so NHS You could save a lot of money by spending the money on therapy instead of just swallowing your pills. Because the therapy will help you in the long term.

“The pills only help you for a short time, it doesn’t fit to just put a plaster on a big topic that you have to deal with.

“I think back to the time when all of my skin was cut off. It was done in two sessions over two years and to be honest I still felt just as mental afterwards as I did before the removal.

“I didn’t feel any real benefit this way, of course it was much easier to move, but I still felt like before and you needed therapy.”

“The World’s Fattest Man: 10 Years On” will air Wednesday at 9pm on ITV.

Paul said he hopes the documentary hopes other people will stop on the same street as him before it’s too late.

He said, “I’ve handled a lot of requests from people who need help, so I hope that through the TV documentary, people can see what I’ve been through, and if it can only help one person, it will be worth it . ”

Paul’s diets

Menu of the day on the 70th – before his gastric bypass operation

Breakfast: Whole packet of bacon, eight slices, plus four pieces of bread, two eggs and ketchup.

Snack: Boxes of chips and 20 pounds of chocolate a day.

Having lunch: Takeaway like pie and chips or pizza.

Snack: Sausage rolls, pork pies.

Dinner: To take away like Chinese, Indian or Kebab, they often got a kebab with a burger on the side.

Snack: Boxes of chips and chocolates.

Menu of the day on the 19th – after gastric bypass

Breakfast: A piece of toast, a banana and a cup of coffee.

Snack: Fruit.

Having lunch: Small chicken breast with lettuce.

Snack: Yogurt.

Dinner : Pasta with a side salad.

Daily menu at 39st

Breakfast: Banana sandwich with peanut butter.

Snack: Chips, 2-3 bags of mini chedders, Walker’s cheese and onions.

Having lunch: Meals on wheels – everything can be delivered at lunchtime, such as beef stew and vegetables.

Snack: Chips, 2-3 packets of chips and fruit, also drink plenty of water, 3-5 liters per day.

Dinner: Canned meat on a sandwich with a packet of chips or pot noodles for dessert.

Snack: Chips, everything from 3-5 packets in the evening with some fruit plus Pepsi Max without caffeine.

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