- Juan Pedro Franco weighs 760 pounds
- The Mexican used to hold the record as the world's fattest man with 1,310 pounds
- He suffers from hypothyroidism and had undergone surgery to help him lose weight
The former fattest man in the world is doing his best to lose all the weight so he can finally walk again.
In a report by Rappler, Juan Pedro Franco is said to be undergoing an exercise routine, a "very severe" Mediterranean cuisine diet, and a number of surgeries and medical procedures.
Franco, who hails from Aguascalientes, Mexico, was certified by Guinness World Records as the world's fattest man in October 2016.
Back then, he weighed 1,310 pounds and was completely bedridden. The Mexican also suffered from diabetes, high blood pressure, and had a severely obstructed lung.
His obesity was aggravated by his hypothyroidism.
After doctors told him he could lose his life because of his weight, Franco had to undergo double gastric surgery.
His doctor, Jose Antonio Castaneda, removed part of his stomach to reduce its size by 80%.
After six months, his stomach was again reduced by half and connected to his intestines.
The intestines, too, were divided to help reduce his absorption of nutrients.
According to his doctors, the only option for Franco that time was surgery because he could not move his body to do exercises.
Now, the 33-year-old weighs 760 pounds. He still has to use an oxygen tube 24 hours a day, but he is not bedridden anymore.
He is able to use a walker so he can move around a bit. The Mexican said his biggest dream is being able to walk again.
He also uses a modified stationary bicycle which he cranks up using his arms for exercise. He also lifts weights and pull resistance cords.
His doctor expects him to lose 100 more kilos in the next one and a half year.
"He's doing more exercise each day. He is making an effort to stand up by himself, to get his life on track. He has a very positive attitude," said Castaneda.
He still under close supervision by his doctors. He has to get treated for the lymphedema in his legs, or the accumulation of fluid.
According to Rappler's report, Mexico is one of the countries with a huge obesity problem.
The World Health Organization said 58 percent of people in Latin America and the Caribbean are overweight.
Another Mexican was also certified as the world's fattest man before Franco.
Manuel Uribe held the title in 2007, when he weighed 597 kilos. He died in May 2014 at 48 years old.
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