Fmr. World's Fattest Man To British Gov't: 'Remove My Fat Folds' - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Fmr. World's Fattest Man To British Gov't: 'Remove My Fat Folds'

Photo From Paul Nixon Photography, VIA Huffington Post Photo From Paul Nixon Photography, VIA Huffington Post

HUFFINGTON POST - Some people have the weight of the world on them. Paul Mason has that and more.

Mason, a British citizen who once held the Guinness World Record for "World's Fattest Man" when he weighed nearly 980 pounds, had a gastric bypass operation last year that helped him get his weight down to a relatively svelte 420 pounds.

That operation alone cost British taxpayers nearly $47,000. Combined with other procedures, his medical bills are estimated at $1.5 million, according to Digital Journal.

Now Mason, who once averaged 20,000 calories a day, wants the National Health Service to pay for surgery that will remove the unsightly folds of flesh still hanging from his arms, legs and torso.

"It's very frustrating. I just need a little bit more help," he told The Mirror. "I feel like I have been just left high and dry. I need this operation to be able to get my life back."

The operation could be done privately for around $3,510, about the cost of Mason's monthly food bill before the operation. However, officials say the operation is cosmetic and won't pay for their removal until Mason's weight stabilizes.

In addition to the health costs associated with Mason's obesity, British taxpayers have also had to bear the cost of housing him in jail. The former postal worker was sentenced for stealing from letters, according to the Daily Mail.

Moreover, Mason is suing the National Health Service for sending him to dietitians who merely told him to lose weight -- but didn't identify his problem as an eating disorder, the New York Daily News reported earlier this year.

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