10 Heaviest People in the World

1Paul Mason

Paul Mason, a 50-year-old man from England was once considered the world's fattest man at 980 lbs. but he recently underwent gastric bypass surgery and already is down to 560 lbs. He says his 20,000 calorie-a- day diet is what attributed to his extreme size, but he also blames Britain's national health service for not allowing him to see an eating disorder specialist when he was just over 400 lbs.

2Donna Simpson

Donna Simpson (born 1967) is an American woman who, in 2008, expressed a desire to become one of the world's heaviest women. She wished to attain a target weight of 1,000 pounds (450 kg). As of June 2010, Simpson weighed 602 pounds (273 kg), down from her weight of 630 pounds (290 kg) in 2008. During the process, Simpson maintained a website where fans paid to watch her eat. In 2010, she won the Guinness World Records for the "Heaviest woman to give birth." In August 2011, Simpson decided to go on a diet to reduce her weight to a target of 370 pounds (170 kg) in order to become more self-sufficient and be able to do a better job of raising her children.

3 Manuel Uribe

Manuel Uribe (born June 11, 1965) is a man from Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, notable for suffering from morbid obesity to one of the greatest extents known in recorded history. After reaching a peak weight of around 597 kg (1,320 lb) and having been unable to leave his bed since 2001, Uribe lost approximately 400 lbs. (one-third of his body weight, about 181.8 kg) with the help of doctors and nutritionists, and by following the Zone diet. Uribe drew worldwide attention when he appeared on the Televisa television network in January 2006, but turned down offers for gastric bypass surgery in Italy.

Uribe has also been featured on The World's Heaviest Man, a television documentary about his bedridden life and attempts to overcome the disease. By October 26, 2008, Uribe had reduced his weight to 360 kg (790 lb). His efforts to overcome the disease continue. In mid 2009, it was falsely reported that Manuel had died. As of February 2012, he weighs 440 lbs.

4Robert Earl Hughes

Robert Earl Hughes (June 4, 1926 – July 10, 1958) was, during his lifetime, the heaviest human being recorded in the history of the world. Hughes' excessive weight was attributed to a malfunctioning pituitary gland. His chest was measured at 3.15 metres (10.3 ft), and he weighed an estimated 486 kilos (1,070 lb) at his heaviest. At the age of six, he weighed about 92 kilos (200 lb); at ten, he weighed 171 kilos (380 lb). By the time of his death, he weighed over half a ton.

During his adult life, Hughes made guest appearances at carnivals and fairs; plans to appear on the Ed Sullivan television program were announced but never came about. On July 10, 1958, Hughes contracted a case of measles which soon developed into uremia, resulting in his death in Baylis, Illinois, U. S.; he was 32 years old.

He is often said to have been buried in a piano case. This error stems from a sentence that appeared in successive editions of the Guinness Book of World Records, which read, "He was buried in a coffin the size of a piano case." His headstone notes that he was the world's heaviest man at a confirmed 1,041 pounds (472 kg).

5Kenneth Brumley

Kenneth Brumley was one of the heaviest people ever recorded, whose weight was confirmed. He was featured on the Channel 4 BodyShock documentary "Half Ton Dad," as a father of four, who weighed almost 74 stone (468 kg or 1,035 pounds).

According to Kenneth Brumley's statements in the documentary, he had been bed-bound for four years. After he was accepted as a gastric bypass patient at the Renaissance Hospital in Houston, Texas, a fire crew had to hammer down a wall in Brumley's house to get him out.

At Renaissance Hospital, Brumley was treated by the team of specialists that treated Renee Williams, believed to have been the world's heaviest woman at the time. The first step in Brumley's treatment was a diet restricted to 1200 calories per day, which enabled him to lose 167.5 pounds (76 kg) in only 40 days.

6Michael Hebranko

Michael Hebranko (born May 14, 1953) is a person suffering from an extreme case of morbid obesity, known to be one of the heaviest people in the world.

After a stay at St. Luke's Hospital in New York, he dropped his weight from 411 kg (910 lb) to 90 kg (200 lb) and waist size from 290 cm (110 in) to 91 cm (36 in) in 19 months, with the help of dieting and exercise coach, Richard Simmons, and was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the highest recorded weight loss in 1990. He lost some of this weight through surgery. He then toured the United States lecturing about his experiences and advocating dieting and exercise and appeared in infomercials promoting Richard Simmons. He also appeared on TV talk shows such as The Howard Stern Show and the British chat show, Wogan, in 1990.

7Mayra Rosales

"Mayra Rosales Child Murder - 1,000-lb woman is 'too big to kill' "

A Texas court has ruled that Mayra Rosales, who weighs about 1,036 pounds, weighs too much, and that it would have been impossible for her to lift her arm in order to kill her 2-year-old nephew, whom she was accused of murdering in 2008.

8Jon Brower Minnoch

This is Jon Brower Minnoch (1941 - 1983) of Bainbridge Island, WA. He was 6 ft. 1 in. tall, and was estimated as weighing "probably more than" 1400 lbs. in 1979, at which point it took 13 people just to roll him over in bed. Minnoch, like many of the heaviest people, suffered from massive edema; his weight was augmented by at least 900 lbs. of fluid at its peak.

The former taxi driver had always been unusually heavy, reaching 400 lbs. in 1963, 700 lbs. in 1966, and 975 lbs. in 1976, but he claimed to have been handicapped, in no way, by his size until a 500-calorie diet sapped his muscular strength and left him on the brink of death. At his peak in 1978, Jon Brower Minnoch tipped the scales at an estimated 635 kilograms, or 1397 pounds, or if you prefer, 100 stone.

He passed away on on September 10, 1983 weighing 362 kilograms or 796 pounds. Minnoch was the father of two children by his 110-lb wife, Jeannette.

9Terri Smith

A woman believed to be the world's fattest at 50 stone (700 lbs.) is facing a battle to shed weight after being told by doctors she could die.

Terri Smith is confined to her bedroom in her Ohio home, unable to move, stand, or roll over by herself, setting the new world record for the Fattest woman in 2010. She relies on her husband Myron, 44, and oldest daughter Najah, 30, to do everything for her.

By the age of 20, Terri weighed 18 stone (252 lbs.) but she remained active and held a job as a mental health care worker for 20 years. "I used to help people wash, feed and dress themselves," she said.

To undergo a brain scan and receive the life-saving treatment she may require, Terri is now embarking on a weight loss regimen of exercise and healthy eating.

10Dzhambik Khatokhov

An 11-year-old boy named Dzhambik Khatokhov (known as Jambik) from Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia, weighs 324 pounds, is 5' 2" and sets the world record for the Fattest child.

At birth, Jambik weighed 6 lb. 6 oz. - a reasonable amount for a baby - but by his first birthday he was more than 28 lbs. At just three years old, Jambik was lifting weights as heavy as 7 lbs. At four, he had ballooned to 81 lbs, even though he was just 3 ft., 11 in., and at six, he was 157 lbs. Since then Jambik has gained nearly 112 lbs. more on a diet of porridge and ice cream.

But his mother Nelya, 42, doesn't share their doctor's concern that, Jambik's weight is dire. "He is just growing -- upwards and outwards," she said. "What can I do about it? This is who he is, this is how God created him."

Jambik, who practises wrestling five days a week and also goes swimming, said, "I want to be a sportsman when I grow up. Or better, an Olympic champion. I like to be strong."

Dzhambik is famous in Russia and has been presented on many Russian TV Shows. He has gained world fame through the U.K. Channel 4 BodyShock series, where he was presented in a series called - "World's Biggest Boy," which was aired on many TV stations around the world.