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'Fattest man in China' loses 140kg

By Ma Chi | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-02-15 17:38
A comparison photo shows Wang Haonan, the "fattest man of China", before and after weight-loss surgery. [Beijing Youth Daily]

Wang Haonan, who was believed to be the heaviest man in China, has shed 140 kilograms in half a year thanks to weight-loss surgery and healthier lifestyle.

Wang, from Laiwu in East China's Shandong province, stood at 334 kg at his heaviest. In July 2018, he underwent a weight-loss surgery in which four-fifths of his stomach was removed.

Half a year later, his weight has dropped to 192 kg.

Liu Shaozhuang, a doctor with Qilu Hospital of Shandong University in charge of Wang's surgery, told Beijing Youth Daily the surgery has not had an impact on Wang's digestion and he only needed to chew food well before swallowing it.

Wang revealed that a philosophy of "eat less, exercise more" was also a reason for his becoming thinner. He said he did not eat any meat during the Spring Festival holiday, a traditional time for family reunion and feasting.

Wang suffers from fatty liver, heart and lung problems due to his obesity. These conditions have improved after the surgery and sleep apnea due to snoring has also been alleviated, according to Liu.

Wang now has a body mass index (BMI) of 57.3, still well above the level of 24.5 for a healthy person, Liu said.

Wang said he aims to further reduce his weight to be less than 100 kg by the end of this year.

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