Ipswich: Paul Mason spotted out and about after gastric bypass

The 48-year-old was seen outside his local chip shop enjoying the warm weather and displaying the effects of a gastric bypass operation earlier this year.

Former world’s fattest man Paul Mason was spotted out and about after reportedly losing a mammoth 37stone.

The 48-year-old was seen outside his local chip shop enjoying the warm weather and displaying the effects of a gastric bypass operation earlier this year.

Once 70 stone, he was believed to be the world’s heaviest man but following the procedure at St Richard’s Hospital in Sussex he has shed more than half his weight.

Photographer Kev Rush – who took this photo – said Mr Mason gave money to a man he was with to go into the chip shop for him.


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“I asked him if the lad was his new carer but he said he was a friend,” said Mr Rush. “He sat outside and waited and the lad returned with quite a full bag from the chippy.”

Mr Mason had to be starved before he could have the gastric bypass, a surgical procedure to make the stomach smaller and the digestive system shorter.

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It is believed his eventual goal is to be slim enough to drive a car.

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