Walter Hudson (1944–1991)

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Walter Hudson
Born June 5, 1944
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died December 24, 1991 (aged 47)
Hempstead, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Known for Sixth heaviest person in medical history
Weight 978 lb (444 kg) (highest)[1]

Walter Hudson (June 5, 1944 – December 24, 1991) of Hempstead, New York, is the holder of the Guinness World Record for the largest waist.[1] It measured 109 inches (277 cm) in 1987 when he was at his peak weight of 978 pounds (444 kg; 69.9 st). 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, five large portions of fries, three ham steaks or two chickens, four baked potatoes, four sweet potatoes, most of a large cake, and additional snacks. He also drank an average of 7 liters of soda every day.[2]


Walter Hudson died of a heart attack on December 24, 1991, at age 47. At the time of his death, he weighed 900 pounds (410 kg; 64 st). Emergency rescuers had to cut a 4-by-6-foot (1.2 by 1.8 m) hole in the bedroom wall to remove his body from the premises.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b Glenday, Craig (April 2010). Guinness World Records 2010: Thousands of new records in The Book of the Decade!. Bantam. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-553-59337-2.
  2. ^ Plummer, William; Mary Huzinec (October 26, 1987). "After 27 Years in His Bedroom, 1,200-Lb. Walter Hudson Decides to Take a Load Off". People Magazine. 28 (17). p. 60. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  3. ^ "Obituaries: Walter Hudson, 46; Called Heaviest Man". The New York Times. 1991-12-26. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  4. ^ "World's Biggest Man, Water Hudson, Mourned at N.Y. Funeral Services". Jet. 81 (13): 54–55. 1992-01-20. Retrieved 2012-01-05.