Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Paul Mason is one of the world’s fattest men. Estimated to be around 70 stone, the 49-year-old’s addiction to food has changed his life forever.He’s been bed bound for the best part of a decade, disowned by his family, and turned down for an operation to staple his stomach.

"I manipulated my carers to cook me more food all of the time."
At the peak of his gorging, Paul got through a staggering 20,000 calories a day - nearly ten times the healthy intake for a man.Breakfast would comprise a whole packet of bacon, four sausages and four eggs, plus bread and hash browns.

Lunch would be four portions of fish and chips plus two kebabs. At night he would shovel down roast dinners, curries, chips and pizzas. On top of that he would keep hunger pangs at bay through the day by snacking on up to 40 chocolate bars and 40 bags of crisps.

Meanwhile, his day-to-day care was costing Social Services an equally hefty £2,000 a week. Eventually, the health service agreed to review his case, but with the NHS considering hiring a Chinook helicopter to airlift him to hospital, Paul finds himself thrust to the forefront of one of most contentious debates facing the health service today – should the morbidly obese be entitled to taxpayer-funded treatment on the NHS and, if not, what are the alternatives?

As an attempt to reach out to his family is turned down and Paul is told that even if he gets the surgery he needs he only stands a 50/50 chance of survival, suddenly, his dream of walking again looks a long way off.

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