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World’s fattest man takes up exercise in a bid to ‘walk like a normal person’

The world’s fattest man has started exercising in a desperate bid to shed the pounds so he can walk like a normal person again.

Juan Pedro Franco is using a specially adapted bike, which allows him to pedal with his hands, from his bed.

He’s also started lifting weights.

The morbidly obese 33-year-old has thrown himself into the exercise regime, as he dreams of being able to walk again.

It will mean that he can finally leave his box room, where he has been confined for over six years.

Juan discovered in November 2016 that he was actually 15 stone heavier than doctors first thought.

Doctors believed he weighed nearly 79 stone when he was taken to hospital earlier that month for surgery.

But tests showed his true weight to be 92 stone 9lbs- just over a stone short of record-breaking compatriot Manuel Uribe who reached a peak weight of 94 stone before dying in May 2014.

Dr Cruz said at the time they would go ahead with their pre-arranged diet plan, adding: "Everything we’re doing has been mapped out and if everything goes to plan in a year and a half we’ll have him down to between 12 and 14 stone.

“Initially we didn’t think he was going to be apt for this treatment because of his level of obesity and a lung problem he suffers, but now we’re seeing a more promising horizon.”

Juan’s plight became world news in November last year when pictures emerged of him being transported from his home to a clinic 100 miles away in Guadalajara where he is now being treated.

He had appealed for help in July when he announced he weighed just over 60 stone, revealing he hadn’t left his box room for six years and feared he would die after having to quit a special diet which his OAP parents couldn’t afford.

He was chubby at school but his weight ballooned after a crippling traffic accident he suffered as a teenager which left him bed-ridden for more than a year, followed by a bout of pneumonia.

Admitting in a TV interview, he said he’d been ribbed over his size at school.

He said: “When I was six years old I already weighed nearly 10 stone and it’s gone up and up since.

“At 17 I weighed just over 36 stone. That was when I had an accident and broke half my body and spent a year and a half in bed.

“I’m looking forward to going out again, driving again, singing. That’s what I like doing. God willing, I’ll be able to do all those things in the future.”

He added: “I’ve been trying to make sure I stay calm and don’t get too stressed out.

“I’ve been doing the lung exercises my doctor has ordered and taking the medicine they’ve given me, and spend some time every day playing the guitar and a piano.”

Compatriot Manuel Uribe lost half his body weight with the help of doctors and nutritionists after reaching his peak weight – but died in his native city of Monterrey in northern Mexico on May 26, 2014.

He was 62 stone at the time.

He drew worldwide attention in January 2006 when he made an emotional plea on a Mexican TV network that prompted both private and public help.

He was also featured on ‘The World’s Heaviest Man’, a 2007 television documentary about his bedridden life and attempts to overcome his obesity.

Nearly 75% of adults in Mexico are considered overweight or obese and the prevalence of diabetes ranks among the highest in the world.

Last year, the country declared a nationwide epidemiological emergency on diabetes.


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