At 31-years old and 230 kg (about 500 lbs.), Liang Yong, China’s fattest man, had to be hospitalized on May 26th due to severe heart, liver and kidney problems that caused fluid to build up inside his body. Liang was transported to the hospital in Chongqing with a cart after he had lost the ability to walk in April.
His struggle with obesity has been on-going. In 2003, after moving to Fujian Province, Liang was able to control his weight at 110 kg and even got married and had a son. But unfortunately Liang soon put the weight on again, gaining 100 kg in the two years after his marriage.
After his hospitalization last month, no progress could be made after the first two days of testing because doctors had trouble examining him. His size prevented them from finding his blood vessels or performing CT and MRI scans. But luckily, the treatment seems to be working now, and Liang has already lost 18 kg.
This case is yet another reminder, though, of the rising obesity rates in the country, especially among children. Globalization and modernization have been blamed for decreasing exercise and increasing fast food intake, leading to, amongst other health problems, China’s diabetes epidemic. But with China rapidly rising as a world economy, there doesn’t seem to a healthy end in sight.