Former world’s heaviest man shows off 551lb weight loss

Juan Pedro Franco says he was chubby at school – at six years old he weighed nearly 10 stone.

The Mexican’s weight went up and up and at 17 he weighed just over 36 stone.

His weight ballooned further as a teenager when he had a crippling traffic accident, followed by a bout of pneumonia, which left him bed-ridden for more than a year. 

The accomplished guitar player appealed for help last July when he announced he weighed just over 60 stone, revealing he hadn’t left his box room for six years.

He said he feared he would die after having to quit a special diet which his OAP parents couldn’t afford.

His plight became world news when pictures emerged of him being transported from his home in the central Mexican city of Aguascalientes to a clinic 100 miles away in Guadalajara last November.

He was then was initially thought to weigh 79 stone. However, doctors discovered he was nearly 15 stone heavier than they first thought.

When he was taken to hospital he was found to weigh a near record-breaking 92st 9lbs.

Franco was put on a three-month diet so that he could be considered for weight loss surgery booked in for May.

Doctor Jose Antonio Castaneda, the specialist assisting him, said: ‘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.’