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Jennifer Heisler, RN

Surgery Shrinks "World's Fattest Man" Loses 644 Pounds

By February 7, 2013

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Paul Mason used to weigh 980 pounds.  Now he's down to 336 pounds, and that includes the estimated 100 pounds of excess skin he hopes to have removed.

Mason, 52, lives in England and had gastric bypass surgery in 2010.  The surgery marked a major turning point in his life, the man who routinely consumed 20,000 calories a day suddenly had a stomach about the size of an egg.  The remarkable weight loss is the result of strict adherence to a prescribed diet, which Mason has reportedly not cheated on a single time, and exercise.

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Like many gastric bypass patients, the weight loss hasn't entirely fixed Paul's mobility problem. While the fat is gone, large amounts of loose skin are left behind, getting in the way of normal activities. Typically, the skin is removed surgically after the patient's weight has been stable for a year and a half to two years, at which time plastic surgeons can remove the skin with less concern about weight regain and skin issues.


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