Formerly Fat, Latterly Lapsed 4

More on Paul Mason, the former world’s fattest man, and his struggle with addition.

Formerly Fat, Latterly Lapsed 3

We continue detailing the successes and challenges of Paul Mason’s life, the former world’s fattest man.

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We continue highlighting the life and successes of Paul Mason, who used to weight almost 1,000 pounds and had managed to shed most of it.

Formerly Fat, Latterly Lapsed 1

Paul Mason, born a subject of the British queen, has lived one of the saddest obesity stories of all time, and also one of the most frustrating.

Ambivalently Formerly Fat

April Herndon, a proponent of the “Health at Every Size” philosophy, lost 100 pounds and had to deal with some negative feedback and difficult consequences.

Formerly Fat—Nurse Bowick of Rochester

This is not just any “formerly fat” narrative. Theresa Bowick of Rochester, New York, attended the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (where she has subsequently returned to address the graduating class). After acquiring Licensed Practical Nurse credentials while working and raising a daughter, she went to community college for an associate degree in nursing. Then she […]

Famous and Formerly Fat – Matt Mira

Writer and producer Matt Mira is renowned for his work on Attack of the Show, The Nerdist, @midnight, Tosh.0, Math Bites, and numerous other projects. He was also a fat kid who only survived high school because, he says, “I was funny and I played football.” He also suffered from sleep apnea. Childhood Obesity News […]

Tales of the Formerly Fat

Childhood Obesity News has been looking into the lives and thoughts of some formerly obese people to see what can be learned. For a CNN iReport, Linda Roche shared the story of her earliest educational experiences: By the time I started kindergarten I already had serious body image issues… In grade school my best friend […]

Self-Image and the Formerly Fat

Sometimes, photographic images help to form people’s self-images, particularly around issues of obesity, but not always. Childhood Obesity News has looked at various strange relationships between people and their pictures. For the Good Men Project, Kimanzi Constable wrote of how he was first inspired to lose weight by his brother’s wedding in 2007. A tuxedo […]

More Advice from the Formerly Fat

[several layers of donuts with quote, 'Food is the most abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and exercise is the most potent yet underutilized antidepressant ' --Bill Philips]

Dr. Pretlow has always emphasized the importance of identifying problem foods, and there is a very good reason for that recommendation. Many formerly obese patients, when faced with the seemingly overwhelming task of cutting down on food, have found an incredible advantage in narrowing the range by pinpointing the worst food villains. To work on […]