Left: Wen Bishan at 96 kg. Before the procedure he weighed 224.9 kg.
A 39-year-old and 1.75-meter-tall man, previously dubbed by media as “the fattest man in Guangxi” at 225kg, now weighs 96 kg after undergoing an intense weight-loss procedure.
Wen Bishan from Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, got married at the age of 24. At that time, he weighed around 150 kg. His daughter was born the next year, according to Tencent.
After Wen got married, his weight quickly increased and continued doing so over the next few years. At his heaviest, he weighed around 235kg in 2011.
“I usually needed to rest one or two times if I walked 100 meters,” said Wen. “I liked to sit down, and when I sat down, I wanted to lie down in bed. When I was in bed, I just wanted to sleep. I was just unable to do anything at home.”
Wen said he had tried to lose weight through dieting, exercising, acupuncture and by drinking slimming tea. The methods were somewhat effective in the beginning, but he failed to reach a healthy weight as he was not persistent enough.
Before and after his weight-loss surgery.
He told reporters that he’d been afflicted with respiratory failure and kidney failure due to his obesity. His family had received warnings from the hospital about his critical condition on three separate occasions.
In March 2013, Wen, weighing 224.9 kg, traveled to Guangzhou to undergo laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, a procedure in which doctors remove up to 85 percent of the patient’s stomach and reshape the remaining stomach into a tube.
He said that in the ten days after his surgery, his only nutrients came from drip injections. The following month, he ate only congee, a rice porridge. In the third month, he could have congee for breakfast and lunch and consumed fish soup for dinner every day. Six months later, he was able to eat noodles for breakfast.
Wen shared his experience in a bid to encourage overweight individuals seeking weight-loss help.
“First of all, you should choose a scientific and healthy way. Practice it under the guidance of doctors,” he said. “Second, you should have an optimistic and positive attitude during the whole process, to carry out the weight loss plan consistently. Third, you shouldn’t rely on diet as the only means to lose weight because if you go on an extreme diet, it’s not healthy.”
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Tencent]