Edward Bright (1721–1750) was a grocer in Maldon, Essex, England — known as the "fat man of Maldon" — who was reputed at the time of his death in 1750 to be the "fattest man in England". He lived in a house on Maldon's High Street, and is buried in Maldon's Church of All Saints.
Bright weighed 47.5 stone (665 lb or 302 kg).
His coat was said to be large enough to have seven men stand inside it, although this is also sometimes stated as seven hundred men because of a tale in which a man in a local pub (hotel) tempted a gambler with a bet that "seven hundred men" would fit into Edward Bright’s waistcoat. The bet was accepted. The gambler lost, because seven men from the Dengie Hundred (a parcel of land) fit into the waistcoat.
- Some references have the year of his death as 1756.
- Edward Bright - the fat man of Maldon, accessed 7 December 2010
- Maldon and Dengie Hundred Group, accessed 7 December 2010
- Edward Bright, National Portrait Gallery (United Kingdom), accessed 15 February 2007
- Image of Stern's bronze relief accessed 7 December 2010
- Maldon: Bronze of Fat man's coat, Evening Gazette, accessed 7 December 2010