Mexico City: It is hard to believe that there is a man on this earth who’s weight is 500 kilogram. Shocked, yes we are not joking but this news is absolutely true. The world’s most obese man in Mexico began medical treatment to lose weight.
Just 32-year-old, Juan Pedro Franco whose weight is 500 kg, was transported by a specially-adapted van from his hometown of Aguascalientes in central Mexico on Tuesday night, to a private clinic in the city of Guadalajara in western Mexico.
Pedro said in a statement that this is “the start of a new life”, adding that he was “grateful and hopeful” for the opportunity being provided to him.
He said that his weight is out of proportion since he was a child and with his current situation he knew that he was in danger of dying.
Juan Pedro further said, “At 15 I already weighed about 200 kg and my body continued gaining weight … out of control. I come from a humble family and we didn’t know how to fight against my obesity.”
Doctor Jose Antonio Castaneda, who is treating Pedro said that he along with his team has handled more than 8,000 cases and will treat Pedro through the health centre’s social action program.
Pedro’s medical condition includes several ailments associated with obesity, including hypothyroidism, Type 2 diabetes causing hypertension, a high blood glucose level and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The patient was accompanied at all times by Castaneda and several members of his team during the transfer to Guadalajara, as well as by a medical unit that monitored his health status and could treat him if it had been needed.
The treatment will last about six months, during which he will lose weight and have his other ailments addressed, and it will culminate in surgery to “definitively resolve his problems of obesity and reduce his weight”.