Walter Hudson (1944–1991)
Walter Hudson (c. 1944 in Brooklyn, NY – Dec 24, 1991) of Hempstead, New York was the fourth most obese human in medical history. He also holds the Guinness World Record for the largest waist. It measured 119 inches (300 cm) in 1987 when he was at his peak weight of 1,197 pounds (85.5 st; 543 kg). Hudson described his average daily diet as consisting of two boxes of sausages, 1 pound (0.45 kg) of bacon, 12 eggs, a loaf of bread, four hamburgers and four double cheeseburgers, eight large portions of fries, three ham steaks or two chickens, four baked potatoes, four sweet potatoes, four heads of broccoli, most of a large cake, and additional snacks. He also drank an average of 18 US quarts (17 liters) of soda every day.
Dick Gregory involvement
Hudson made headlines after being unable to lift himself off the floor when returning from the bathroom, and requiring assistance from eight rescue workers to return to his bed. Comedian and nutritionist Dick Gregory used Hudson to promote his "Bahamian" diet system, often saying that Hudson had lost between 200 and 800 pounds (14 and 57 st; 91 and 360 kg).
Walter Hudson died of a heart attack on December 24, 1991, at age 46. He weighed 1,125 pounds (80.4 st; 510 kg) at the time, and removal of his body required rescue workers to cut a 4 by 6 foot (1.2 by 1.8 m) hole in his bedroom wall By the Hempstead Fire Dept. He was buried in a specially-constructed, steel-reinforced coffin that was 54 inches (1.4 m) wide, 40 inches (1.0 m) deep, and 88 inches (2.2 m) long.
Hudson was survived by his 38-year-old fiancée, Sunday Cruz.
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