5. Robert Butler

Robert Butler

Robert Butler is the fifth heaviest person on this list weighing in at 1200 lbs or 544 kg. In 2006 Butler weighed 900 lbs or 408 kg, however, he reached his peak weight at 1200 lbs in 2015. Robert Butler had an addiction, as he described it, to food and sought to lose a few hundred pounds back in 2006 by having a stomach operation. He was trapped in a nursing home all day as a result of his weight problem and said, “I’ll do whatever they need me to do, to get out of these four walls, to see the sun, not through my blinds.” After a long struggle with weight and depression, Butler unfortunately passed away at the age of 43 on the 6th July 2015 due to a sepsis infection. The complex operation to transport the 1200 lb man took weeks of planning and took 7 hours to carry out and involved two local fire departments. He was shifted into a shipping container, complete with medical equipment, and lifted crane down on to a flatbed truck.


4. Carol Yager

Carol Yager

Carol Ann Yager was one of the heaviest people in history and holds the record for being the heaviest woman that has ever lived. Yager is also notable for losing the most weight naturally in the shortest documented time; losing 520 lbs or 236 kg in just three months. She reached a confirmed peak weight of 1200 lbs or 544 kg, however, her partner claimed that she reached a peak weight of 1603 lbs or 727 kg although this was not confirmed. At an early age Yager developed an eating disorder in response to being sexually abused by a close family member and gained international attention from her appearance on the Jerry Springer show to discuss her weight issue. In January 1993, Carol Yager was admitted to Hurley Medical Centre, which took as many as 15 to 20 firefighters to assist, as she suffered from cellulitis due to a bacterial infection and immunodeficiency as well as other obesity-related problems including breathing difficulties and high blood sugar levels. She weighed in at 1189 lbs or 539 kg at the time of her admittance, however, unfortunately died a year later on July 18th 1994 due to kidney failure, just aged 34.


3. Manuel Uribe

Manuel Uribe

Once employed as an electronic technician fixing typewriters, calculators and computers, Manuel Uribe was a Mexican man known for being the third heaviest person ever recorded. At his peak, Manuel weighed 1316 lbs or 597 kg and suffered from morbid obesity to a great extent, which left him confined to his bed for over 12 years. He drew worldwide attention when he appeared on the Mexican television network, Televisa, in January 2006, when he made an emotional plea and received offers for gastric bypass surgery in Italy and Spain, however, he turned them down. Manuel has also been featured on The World’s Heaviest Man 2007 documentary about his life and his efforts to overcome his obesity as well as The World’s Heaviest Man Gets Married. Despite efforts of reducing his weight, Manuel died aged 48 on the 26th May 2014 from what was suspected to be liver failure after being taken to hospital from an irregular heartbeat just 3 weeks prior to his death.


2. Khalid Bin Mohsen Shaari

Khalid Bin Mohsen Shaari

Khalid Bin Mohsen Shaari is currently the heaviest person in the world and the second heaviest person ever recorded in history with a peak weight of 1345 lbs or 635 kg. The Saudi Arabian has a body mass index of 204 which is the highest BMI to be recorded in history. Just to put this into perspective, a healthy BMI for a man and woman is around 18.5-25.0. Due to his sheer obesity the former King of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, even ordered Shaari to be hospitalised, where he lost over 700 pounds or 320 kg to be exact which is more than half his body weight in just 6 months. The young Saudi Arabian had to be moved from his home, which he was unable to leave for nearly 3 years, to the country’s capital, Riyadh in order to receive medical treatment. Part of his home had to be demolished in order to transfer him and forklift and crane was required to move him. Since undergoing Bariatric surgery his heart, lungs and muscles are functionally improving.


1. Jon Brower Minnoch

jon brower minnoch

Jon Brower Minnoch was an American man, known for being the heaviest human being ever to be recorded in history. However, his figure was a close estimation as a result of his declining health and lack of mobility. At his peak weight, Brower Minnoch weighed an astounding 1400 lbs or 635 kg. It even took 13 people just to roll him over in bed to change his sheets! Besides being the heaviest man recorded, Minnoch also broke the record having the greatest difference in weight between a married-couple as his wife, Jeanette, weighed 110 lbs or roughly 50 kg. Minnoch had always been heavy throughout his lifetime and by the age of 12 years he weighed an astonishing 294 lbs or 133 kg. Minnoch was admitted to hospital after being diagnosed with massive generalised edema and the transportation involved a dozen firemen and even a ferry to transport him to the University of Washington medical Centre in Seatle, where he was placed on two beds pushed together. There he was on a strict diet which made him lose approximately 924 lbs or 419 kg, the largest human weight loss ever recorded. However, he was readmitted to the hospital a year later after his weight considerably increased again. As a result of his Edema, he died at the age of 41 on September 10th 1983. Minnoch broke a lot of records throughout his lifetime, records that are “off the scale”, excuse the pun.