William J. Cobb weighed 802 pounds
William J. Cobb
at 227 pounds
Cobb (July 16, 1926 - March 14, 1989)
William J. Cobb thought that
his 802 lb. was too much, so he brought it down to 232 lbs.- a
loss of 570 lb. - Guinness Book 4 - World Records
weighed 802 pounds three years ago, and he was so fat he had to
sit up to sleep.
Today, fresh from a
dieting-research program, he is almost 600 pounds lighter (he
weighs 232) and says the difference has changed his life.
"FOR THE FIRST
time in my life I can cross my legs," "Look at this.
"I can do things now
that I could never do before. I can hunt and fish and
swim. And for the first time in 15 years I can sleep lying
down. I was so big that I used to have to sleep sitting at
a 45-degree angle.
"I can even wear
store bought clothes now," said Happy. His real name is
William J. Cobb.
Constitution told in a copyrighted article today how Cobb, 39,
suffered a heart attack in 1962 while wrestling.
A physician in his
home town, Macon, Ga., told him to reduce.
Cobb managed to get
his weight down to 644 pounds before becoming a volunteer
patient in June, 1963, at the Medical College of Georgia's
Clinical Investigation Unit.
Cobb lived at the
hospital under precisely controlled conditions until last April
when his weight had dropped to 227 pounds.
stay, Cobb never ate less than 1,000 calories a day. He
dieted in 56-day cycles.
For 28 days he was
given three meals a day and a bed time snack with the same food
served every meal. For the next 28 days he ate the same
food but all at one meal.
Three diets were
alternated in cycles - one mostly fats, one mostly carbohydrates
and the third mostly proteins.
The protein diet
seemed most effective. While on that diet, Cobb ate ground
beef twice a day.
recall not being fat.
"I weighted 18
pounds when I was born," he said. "I wore a bed sheet for
a diaper. When I was 12 years ole, I weighed 300 pounds.
"Eating, to me, was
like drinking is to some people. I couldn't stop. My
grocery bill ran from $25 to $30 a day.
"I have eaten a
14-pound turkey with all the trimmings at one sitting," he said.
"I could put away 15 chickens at a time."
COBB STILL finds it
difficult not to eat to much.
"It just take will
power," he said. "You can't tell yourself you're never
going to eat like that again. You've just got to take it one day
at a time, day by day."
July 16 1965 AP
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