Mamma June Shannon has been cashing in on her amazing weight loss, going down from 460lb to around 160 (as of this printing), thanks to a combination of extensive surgeries including being fitted with a gastric sleeve, breast augmentation and 9 lbs of skin removal (from her neck, arms and stomach), not to mention switching to a low carb diet. In fact, the reality TV star, famous for scarfing down her famous “sketti (noodles drowning in butter and catsup told People Magazine that her basic daily menu .now consists of “a protein pack with slices of meat, cheese and almonds” for lunch, followed by a dinner that includes “ chicken and beans plus whatever sides the girls want.”
Shannon, however, admits that she still indulges in plenty of “cheat” meals including Mexican, and barbecue. She also noted that she never eats breakfast because she rarely gets up before 1 pm. And while she may snack in grapes, she is still hooked on Little Debbie jelly filled pies, which she describes as “heaven in a box.”
Yet while, while Shannon’s transformation “From Not to Hot” has been a remarkable journey, she is far from holding the record for losing the most amount of weight, nor even having come close to holding the fame for the fat record. In fact, Donna Simpson, who once announced her goal to become one of the heaviest women on the plant back in 2008 ended up abandoning her dream to blow up to 1,000 lbs and instead decided to reduce her weight from 630 lbs to a target of 370 lbs in 2011. in order to “become more self-sufficient and be able to do a better job of raising her children.”
In the meantime, Simpson gained added notoriety by being named Guinness World Record heaviest Woman to Give Birth” in 2010. At the time she claimed that her daily intake was close to 12,000 calories, usually from eating “4 burgers and fries, a loaf of bread with peanut butter and jam, four servings of meatloaf and mashed potato, a large pizza, a chocolate cake with ice cream and cream, 12 cupcakes, two cheesecakes and fizzy drinks.”
It was also reported that for her Christmas dinner that year Simpson packed in a 30,000-calorie meal that included 2 25-lb turkeys, a pair of maple-glazed hams, 15 lbs of potatoes, and a 10 lb roast, as well as 20 lbs of vegetables, 5 loaves of bread, 3 liters each of cranberry sauce and gravy and gobs of herb stuffing. Her dessert was said to have been a mixture of cream cheese, marshmallows, whipped cream and cookies, The entire dinner took her just 2-hours to polish off.
Although only #6 on the all-time heaviest people in the world at 1,197 lbs, Walter Hudson still holds the Guinness World Record for the largest waist at 110.” Prior to his death at the age pf 47.Hudson stated that his average daily diet as consisted of “2 boxes of sausages, 1 lb of bacon, 12 eggs, a loaf of bread, four double cheeseburgers, 4 hamburgers , 5 large servings of fries, 3 ham steaks or 2 chickens, 4r baked potatoes, 4 sweet potatoes, most of a large cake, and additional snacks.” He also stated that he drank nearly 7 liters of soda every day.
Also known for his tremendous daily intake was Paul Mason, once known as the “fattest man in Britain at 980 lbs. Although he eventually managed to get down to 560 lbs before undergoing gastric bypass surgery, he reportedly was unable to cut his daily calorie intake below 10,000 lbs before dying in 2015.
Unlike Mason, Manuel Uribe of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, declined offers for surgery to help him to help rid him of his morbid obesity. However, thanks to the help of doctors and nutritionists he was able to shed approximaltely1/3 of his 1,320 lb body weight, getting down to a (comparatively) slim 790 lbs within 7-years. As of February 2012, he reportedly weighed 440 lbs. Uribe died at the age of 48 from cardiac problems and liver disease.
In a similar case, Michael Hebranko was able to drop from 910 lbs down to 200 lbs. However, unlike Uribe, who took years to achieve his dramatic transformation, Hebranko lost his 710 lbs in just 19 months thanks to the help of dieting and exercise coach, Richard Simmons, who put him on a 1,200 calorie per day diet of vegetables and proteins, as well as through surgery.
Although Hebranko won the title of Highest Recorded Weight Loss in the Guinness Book of Records after losing an unbelievable 924 lb, he continued to be the world’s” biggest yo-yo dieter and by 1988 had ballooned back up to 580 lbs. Before dying from multiple causes on July 25, 2013.
All in all, this goes to show that”living large” can severely shorten one’s life. While the majority of people never top out the scales at numbers as high as those achieved by the people above, the World Health Organization has seen astronomical increases in the amount of severely obese peoples across the planet. Meanwhile, the CDC estimates that nearly 69% of adults in the US are overweight or obese and that roughly 1 out of 6 children ages 2-19 are overweight or obese, putting them at high risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, as well as cancer, and liver disease, etc.