Most weight lost-world record set by Manuel Uribe
MONTERREY, Mexico--Manuel Uribe, who once weighed 1,235 punds, has lost more than 500 pounds, thanks to an international team of doctors led by Dr. Barry Sears , creator of the Zone Diet . setting a new world record for the most weight lost.
Photo: Manuel Uribe jokes as he holds a fruit cake with his girlfriend Claudia Solis outside his house in the suburb of San Nicolas de los Garza in the northern city of Monterrey. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo ( enlarge photo )
He weighed 717 pounds (324 kg) in May after losing 518 pounds (235 kg) since March 2006 on a diet of grapefruits, egg-white omelets, fish, chicken and vegetables.
Uribe has also added a new goal to his weight-loss plans he wants to be able to stand up for his wedding in the coming year.
His wish is simple to be able to stand on his own when he marries girlfriend Claudia Solis. He said: It frustrates me a little, because it is not easy to get out. We are in love, and this year my birthday wish is to be able to stand when we get married,
Photo: Manuel Uribe jokes with his girlfriend Claudia Solis outside his house in the suburb of San Nicolas de los Garza in the northern city of Monterrey. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo
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Its been four years since the couple met four years ago and now they have been together for the last two years.
We are a couple. We have sex, and in the eyes of God we are already married, said Uribe. In fact, his ladylove, Solis said that life with a big man was not a cakewalk all through. I bathe him every day, and we get along very well. At times, yes, people say things that its a fake relationship, but what we have is real, she said.
Claudia said her family initially opposed the match because Claudia's first husband, who was also obese, died of respiratory failure. "They were worried about me being involved with another fat man, because they thought another husband would die on me," she said.
Uribe spent the 1990s eating pizzas and burgers in the United States where he worked as a computer repairman. Addicted to junk food, he eventually tipped the scales at 1,235 pounds (560 kg) back in Mexico, bingeing on greasy tacos.
His bulk made him the world's heaviest man.
Photo: Manuel Uribe, who weighs a third of a ton, exercises in his bed/ Daily Mail
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A former auto parts dealer who has been confined to his steel-reinforced bed for more than six years, Uribe blames his condition on too much junk food and a botched liposuction that damaged his lymph nodes and left him with 200-pound tumors on his legs.
Uribe is still unable to move his swollen legs and his dream is to walk again and visit the mountainous countryside around Monterrey.
Until then, Uribe wants to share his story with others in the hope it will serve as a warning about diet, junk food and the need for moderation in all things.
About two years ago, a team of doctors stepped in to help Manuel change his eating habits and tackle his extreme obesity. Today he says he eats small portions of food five times a day, including chicken, ham, egg-white omelettes, fruit and vegetables. While sitting in bed, he exercises his arms with pull-ups and by pedalling with his hands.
Hoping his struggle will inspire others, Manuel plans to launch the Manuel Uribe Foundation this year to educate people about nutrition and how to combat obesity.
June 29, 2008
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