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One really big wedding…

27 October 2008

Sophie Tedmanson at The Times (U.K.) gets the facts almost right (the wedding was at the Lions Club, and not at City Hall… and there wouldn´t be an  “altar” in a civil ceremony… the only kind of wedding that counts in Mexico), but otherwise, she gets the important parts of the story right:

Manuel Uribe, 43, wed hairdresser Claudia Solis, fulfilling a birthday wish for the Mexican man who has shed an enormous 570 pounds (230 kg) from his former weight of 94 stone (590kg) over the past 12 months.

Despite his impressive weight loss, Mr Uribe, named the ‘World’s Fattest Man’ by the Guinness Book of Records in 2007, remains confined to his bed which he has not been able to leave in the past four years.

But that didn’t stop him making the 30-minute trip to the civil ceremony at a makeshift altar in a local town hall in his home town of Monterrey.

The former car parts dealer was transported to the wedding on his specially-reinforced four-poster bed, draped with cream and gold and adorned in bright sunflowers, on the back of a truck.

Mr Uribe’s doctors were among the 400 guests at the wedding reception which had a “low-calorie banquet” with meat, creamed mushrooms and buttered vegetables.

Mr Uribe, whose goal weight is 120kg (18st), said previously he might have a bite of wedding cake for the cameras, but would not have any more as his strict diet would not allow it…

The great thing about Uribe is he doesn´t see himself so much as a freak, as a man with a mission.  Having refused surgical methods like stomach stapling, he attributes his condition to junk food, and — as the world´s now trades on his second world record, as the “biggest loser” — to promote the Fundacion Manuel Uribe (“If I can do it, so can you”) which teaches proper nutrition and natural weight loss programs.

He´s an admirable guy, but as to his honeymoon… please, no details!

One Comment leave one →
  1. 28 October 2008 11:07 am

    Wow, thats all I can say.

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