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Saudi Arabia Teen Loses Over 700 Pounds

A morbidly obese teenager from Saudi Arabia who once tipped the scales at 1,345 pounds is now over 700 pounds lighter after being ordered to undergo treatment by the country’s King.

via CNN

A Saudi man has lost more than 700 pounds — more than half his body weight — since Saudi Arabia’s King ordered him hospitalized in August, according to a Saudi magazine that interviewed him at a hospital.

In August, King Abdullah ordered Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari, who then weighed 1,345 pounds, to undergo treatment in the capital, Riyadh. Shaari, estimated to be in his late teens, was unable to move by himself and was transferred from Jazan in southern Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Aa’ed al-Qahtani, head of the medical team overseeing Shaari’s treatment, told Sayidaty magazine in a recent interview that Shaari’s health is continuing to improve at a steady rate. He has improved heart and lung function, reduced inflammation and improved muscle strength, including the ability to move his feet, he said.

A massive custom-made wheelchair was built to help Shaari become more mobile and aid his physical therapy, al-Qahtani said.  Before being taken out of his house on a forklift, Shaari had not left his bed for three years, the magazine said.

In photos published in the magazine, which has launched an obesity awareness campaign, Shaari is shown smiling and holding up a victory sign. Doctors say his spirits have constantly remained high. Dr. Abdeljabbar al-Yamani, the managing director of King Fahd Medical City, has dubbed him “the smiling man.”

This is both remarkable and disturbing at the same time. Not sure how you can get to weigh almost 1,400 pounds….but glad this man got help.

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