Walter Hudson (1944? - 1991) of
Hempstead, NY 5 ft 10 in, Died age
47. 1197 lbs. His chest was measured
at 106 inches, his waist at 110.
Hudson was discovered by the press
in 1987, when he became wedged in
the door of his bedroom and had to
be cut free by rescue workers. He
spent 27 years in bed. Activistturned-
nutritionist Dick Gregory
used Hudson to promote his Bahamian
Diet. Other celebrities and
diet promoters also claimed to have
helped him lose weight. Hudson
died in his sleep after years of intermittent
starvation dieting, a few
weeks after announcing wedding
plans. His body was found to weigh
1125 lbs, and his coffin required
Jon Brower Minnoch (1941 - 1983)
of Bainbridge Island, WA.
Died age 42. 6 ft 1 in. Estimated at
more than" 1400 lbs in 1979. It
took 13 people to roll him over in
bed. Minnoch's weight was augmented
by 900 lbs of fluid at its
peak. The former taxi driver
reached 975 lbs in 1976, but he
claimed to have continued working.
Dieting was his undoing. A 500-
calorie diet sapped his muscle
strength and left him at the brink of
death. Subsequent hospitalization
brought him down to 476 lbs in
1981. He was readmitted later that
year after regaining 200 lbs in
seven days. He weighed 800 lbs at
the time of his death. Minnoch was
the father of two children by his
110-lb wife, Jeannette.
Roselie Bradford (b. 1944) of Sellersville,
PA; 5 ft 6 in, measured at
1053 lbs. She spent most of the
1980's in bed, eating as much as
15,000 calories per day. At her
peak, she measured eight feet wide.
Her bustline measured over 100
inches. "People would visit me and
sit on the bed, not realizing they
were sitting on part of me," she recalled.
When she fell out of bed,
rescue workers used an inflatable
cushion designed to right overturned
cars to get her back into
place. She was persuaded by
Richard Simmons to embark on a
five year diet and she got down to
under 300 pounds.
Michael Edelman (1964 - 1992) of
Pomona, NY; Died age 28, Guinness
listed him at 994 lbs. He spent
most of his time in bed, or sharing
meals with his 700-pound mom.
When the two were evicted from
their Wesley Hills home in 1988,
Michael had to be moved by forklift.
Later Michael developed a
pathological fear of eating and rapidly
lost several hundred pounds,
taking nourishment only when
spoon fed. At about 600 lbs, he literally
starved to death.
Michael Hebranko (b. 1954) of
Brooklyn 6 ft, "nearly" 1000 lbs.
Hebranko first came to public view
as a spokesman for diet promoter
Richard Simmons in 1989, claiming
in infomercials and talk-show appearances
that Simmons helped
him to go from 907 lbs to less than
200 lbs. He gained most of it back
again. In 1996, Hebranko made
news when he was taken to a hospital
for treatment of a gangrenous
infection. Rescue workers had to
remove a bay window to make an
opening big enough for his 110-
inch waistline. He had been unable
to move from a loveseat in his home
for the previous ten weeks and
weighed 850-pounds. Simmons
tearfully vowed to slim him down
again. As of March 2012, he
resided in Staten Island, New York
and weighed 550 lbs
Mike Parteleno (b. 1958) of
Struthers, OH; 6 ft, claimed a maximum
of 1022 lbs while a
spokesman for Dick Gregory's Bahamian
Diet. Parteleno was a popular
favorite in belly-flop contests
when he weighed about 650 lbs.
Robert Earl Hughes (1926 - 1958)
of Monticello, MO, 6 ft 1/2 in,
weighed 1069 lbs in February,
1958. His weight made him a national
celebrity: even his custommade
blue jeans made news. At his
peak, he claimed a chest girth of
124 inches and a 122-inch waistline.
His death was due to kidney
failure. Unable to fit through the
door of a hospital room, he was
treated in a truck trailer parked
outside. His coffin was built to
order, and he was eulogized as a
man whose heart was as big as his
Carol Yager (1960 - 1994) of Flint,
MI; Died age 34.
5 ft 7 in; 1600 lbs. Despite promises
by Richard Simmons and Jerry
Springer, Yager received little assistance
in return for her media exposure.
In 1994, she was refused
hospitalization on the grounds that
her condition was not critical, despite
massive water retention and
signs of incipient kidney failure.
These problems led to her death a
few weeks later.
Francis John Lang (b. 1934) of Gibsonton,
FL 6 ft 2 in, 1187 lbs. He
blamed his weight on prescription
drug abuse. Lang had a mobile home
built with observation windows, and
traveled the country putting himself
on display at carnivals and fairs.
Lying nearly nude on an oversize circular
bed, he preached about the
evils of drugs. By 1980, Lang had reportedly
reduced to 369 lbs.
He who has overcome his fears
will truly be free."
Dimensions Magazine has published photos and bios of some of the "World's Heaviest People". In some of these cases, and many others that are not so extreme, bariatric surgery may have helped.