Taking Cues from The Biggest Man in The World

T. G. Bennett Health Guide
  • I'm scared. Sufficiently scared. During an evening of channel surfing I recently happened upon a program which depicts what happens if you chow down a little too much. Err... well, lets say when you chow down  a lot.


    The World's Largest Man, TLC networks new television series is amazing to watch. I feel a bit like a voyeur watching Paul Mason, who is affable, has a great sense of humor and also happens to weigh 800 pounds. But even Mason is getting fit.


    Recently he's undergone gastric bypass surgery and is dropping weight rather quickly. Even before the surgery Mason lost 60 pounds in a three week period. How did he do it? A dietitian supervised milk diet.

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    Hey, this is one I haven't heard of I thought to myself. Of course I'm not going to do the milk diet. I hate milk. I love yogurt and cheese however, I wonder what would happen if... alas I digress, back to Paul Mason.


    Ok so after a week or so on this milk diet, the hospital gave Mason sugar free jello milk. Oh boy! Jello flavored milk --- not the most palatable of diet snacks that's for sure.


    So before the surgery Mason dropped a significant amount of weight but then on the day of the surgery the doctors discovered he didn't fit on the largest surgical table. After some geri-rigging the surgeon made do and turned what was Mason's honedew melon sized stomach into a pouch about the size of an orange. Or is it a walnut?


    Watching the program I teared up a bit.... not because of pity but because of Mason's humanity. While being wheeled into the hospital (he hadn't been outside his house in 2 years) he became very emotional.


    This gentle giant faced a 50 percent chance of survival if he had the gastric bypass operation -- certain death if he did not. Still he persevered in the hopes that his life would improve with this major life change. In the end he made it successfully through the surgery and is making wonderful progress.


    I cried because Mason though he carries more girth than most still wants the same things we do: good health, family, great quality of life and happiness. And

    the best part of all -- he took the biggest risk to make that all happen even when the odds were against him. If he can do it --- so too can I.



Published On: August 03, 2010