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Half-Ton Man Ventures Out After Five Years
Associated Press ^

Posted on 03/08/2007 1:11:12 PM PST by DeerfieldObserver

Manuel Uribe, who once weighed half a ton, left his house on Wednesday for the first time in five years.

Six people pushed Uribe's wheel-equipped iron bed out to the street, as a mariachi band played and a crowd gathered to see the man who once weighed 1,235 pounds.

"It's nice [being outside]. Many thanks to my travelling Mariachis," Uribe said after taking a sip from a champagne bottle.

Unable to leave his bed for more than five years, Uribe has lost 397 pounds since he began a high-protein diet a year ago. He now weighs about 840 pounds.

To celebrate the milestone, a forklift lifted Uribe's bed onto a trailer pulled by a pickup truck and the 41-year-old mechanic rode through the streets of San Nicolas de los Garza, a Monterrey suburb.

"I'm very proud of him and very happy. I hope God continues to give him the strength to move forward," Uribe's neighbour, Leonor Garza said.

Uribe was a chubby kid, weighing more than 250 pounds as an adolescent.

In 1992, he said his weight began to balloon further.

Since the summer of 2002, Uribe has been bedridden, relying on his mother and friends to feed and clean him.

He drew worldwide attention when he pleaded for help on national television in January 2006.

Afterwards, an Italian and a Spanish doctor both visited and offered him gastric bypass surgery.

But Uribe chose to accept help from Mexican nutritionists working with the Zone diet which he says he will stick to until he reaches his goal weight of 265 pounds.

Doctors say it may take between three and four years for Uribe to reach his goal.

Uribe said he plans to start a foundation to help overweight people get medical assistance and teach them about healthy eating habits.

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TOPICS: Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: health; obesity; veryfat
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1 posted on 03/08/2007 1:11:15 PM PST by DeerfieldObserver
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To: DeerfieldObserver

In before the Michael Moore jokes


2 posted on 03/08/2007 1:12:19 PM PST by Uncledave
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To: DeerfieldObserver
He now weighs about 840 pounds.

Ready to go night-clubing.

3 posted on 03/08/2007 1:12:50 PM PST by AU72
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To: DeerfieldObserver

What, no pictures?

(JUST KIDDING)


4 posted on 03/08/2007 1:13:27 PM PST by Disambiguator (If it sounds to good to be true, it's probably sarcasm.)
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To: Uncledave

In before the Algore jokes


5 posted on 03/08/2007 1:13:38 PM PST by bigbob (2)
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To: DeerfieldObserver

6 posted on 03/08/2007 1:14:22 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Oh! The Obamanation! Durka durka durka...)
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To: AU72

It's hard to believe that the human body can sustain that much weight.


7 posted on 03/08/2007 1:14:34 PM PST by Hildy (RINO=RUDY IS NUMBER ONE)
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To: DeerfieldObserver

He must've stayed up more than 20 hours a day to eat that much.


8 posted on 03/08/2007 1:14:43 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: DeerfieldObserver
41-year-old mechanic

How many cars can he work on from the bed inside his house?

9 posted on 03/08/2007 1:14:49 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance (RINO = Rudy Is Not Ours! Keep scrubbing, Rudy supporters, the blood won't come off.)
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To: isthisnickcool

geez, is that his sack hanging out? NASTY!


10 posted on 03/08/2007 1:15:45 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance (RINO = Rudy Is Not Ours! Keep scrubbing, Rudy supporters, the blood won't come off.)
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To: isthisnickcool

Is that Before or After the diet?


11 posted on 03/08/2007 1:16:23 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Hildy

It can't.


12 posted on 03/08/2007 1:16:51 PM PST by patton (Sanctimony frequently reaps its own reward.)
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To: isthisnickcool

Wow. If you lipo'd this guy you'd have enough Crisco for 5 years.


13 posted on 03/08/2007 1:16:52 PM PST by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: Hildy

I shudder to think of his elimination process.


14 posted on 03/08/2007 1:16:55 PM PST by AU72
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To: DeerfieldObserver
relying on his mother and friends to feed and clean him

I refuse to contemplate the "cleaning" required of something that eats so much...gag

15 posted on 03/08/2007 1:17:13 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: isthisnickcool
Is that the BEFORE, or the AFTER?

Whatever, those thighs must way about 300 lbs, each.

16 posted on 03/08/2007 1:18:15 PM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: isthisnickcool
Is that the BEFORE, or the AFTER?

Whatever, those thighs must way about 300 lbs, each.

17 posted on 03/08/2007 1:18:23 PM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Looks like his thigh.


18 posted on 03/08/2007 1:18:26 PM PST by processing please hold (Duncan Hunter '08) (ROP and Open Borders-a terrorist marriage and hell's coming with them)
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To: DeerfieldObserver

To die due to sloth and gluttony is so sad. I wish him the best. May God help him to achieve his goal weight, and may he be an inspiration to others.


19 posted on 03/08/2007 1:18:36 PM PST by Sergio (If a tree fell on a mime in the forest, would he make a sound?)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

That's his THIGH.


20 posted on 03/08/2007 1:18:52 PM PST by RockinRight (My wish for Islam - The Glass Parking Lot Formerly Known As The Middle East.)
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To: DeerfieldObserver

"I hope God continues to give him the strength to move forward,"

I said about the same thing re: that big woman in stretch pants ahead of me in the WalMart checkout line.


21 posted on 03/08/2007 1:19:36 PM PST by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: isthisnickcool

What...what can one say? How could you get like that? I mean, did he wake up one morning and decide "I'm too fat to get out of bed"? He must just eat and crap in place.


22 posted on 03/08/2007 1:20:12 PM PST by Chuckster (Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnoset)
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To: isthisnickcool

Looks like his legs and feet have little blood circulation. Sad.


23 posted on 03/08/2007 1:20:14 PM PST by processing please hold (Duncan Hunter '08) (ROP and Open Borders-a terrorist marriage and hell's coming with them)
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To: willgolfforfood

Sorry, my fat hand must have laid on the mouse too long...


24 posted on 03/08/2007 1:20:17 PM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: isthisnickcool; Tijeras_Slim; elkfersupper; NRA2BFree; greyfoxx39

Face looks a little like Bill Richardson after his burrito breakfast, lunch and supper.


25 posted on 03/08/2007 1:20:22 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: zarf
A video with him in it. Other videos are on youtube

I think I figured out a way to stop illegals. We just fatten them up like this dude then build a very small fence.

26 posted on 03/08/2007 1:20:27 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Oh! The Obamanation! Durka durka durka...)
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To: DeerfieldObserver
". . . his weight began to balloon further."

i.e., He ate too much.

27 posted on 03/08/2007 1:20:30 PM PST by synbad600
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To: azhenfud

LOL!!!


28 posted on 03/08/2007 1:20:39 PM PST by Obadiah (Yes, I do question Democrat's patriotism.)
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To: Sergio

It's probably half sloth and gluttony, and half his genetic metabolism.

You can't really blame him. . it's not like he can go on the treadmill and work out.


29 posted on 03/08/2007 1:20:54 PM PST by DeerfieldObserver
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To: Fierce Allegiance

i do believe that is one of the more disturbing pix i have ever seen.


30 posted on 03/08/2007 1:21:15 PM PST by xsmommy
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To: DeerfieldObserver

My goodness! I remember reading about this fellow.


31 posted on 03/08/2007 1:21:19 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: patton
It can't.

It did.

32 posted on 03/08/2007 1:21:20 PM PST by Hildy (RINO=RUDY IS NUMBER ONE)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

He must be a food mechanic - he's worked on many a meal.


33 posted on 03/08/2007 1:21:59 PM PST by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: DeerfieldObserver

but really what sort of caloric intake is required to SUSTAIN that weight? it seems that weight loss would be inevitable if you just cut that down gradually, doesn't it?


34 posted on 03/08/2007 1:22:31 PM PST by xsmommy
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To: synbad600

He obviously DID eat too much, but it's more than that. The vast majority of people couldn't get that big even if they ate all day every day.


35 posted on 03/08/2007 1:22:43 PM PST by gracesdad
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To: DeerfieldObserver
relying on his mother and friends to feed and clean him.

I'm betting that if they had cut off his food supply, he would have lost weight...
36 posted on 03/08/2007 1:22:47 PM PST by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: isthisnickcool

"Does this sheet make me look fat?"

37 posted on 03/08/2007 1:22:59 PM PST by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: DeerfieldObserver

Stillbig.com


38 posted on 03/08/2007 1:22:59 PM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in 1938.)
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To: CedarDave
Face looks a little like Bill Richardson after his burrito breakfast, lunch and supper.

Oh, and of course his mid-morning brunch, afternoon snack and bedtime gallon of milk and carton of cookies.

39 posted on 03/08/2007 1:23:39 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: isthisnickcool
You evil, evil person. You made me giggle over such a serious health problem. :-)

build a very small fence......

40 posted on 03/08/2007 1:23:40 PM PST by processing please hold (Duncan Hunter '08) (ROP and Open Borders-a terrorist marriage and hell's coming with them)
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To: isthisnickcool
Like a car wreck you can't help but stare at. Circus for free syndrome.

For some odd reason, I watch all these types of shows when they are on Discovery or TLC. I Don't. Know. Why.

41 posted on 03/08/2007 1:24:22 PM PST by synbad600
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To: DeerfieldObserver

Uribe said he plans to start a foundation to help overweight people get medical assistance and teach them about healthy eating habits.


"With my help, you, too, can look like me."


42 posted on 03/08/2007 1:24:53 PM PST by DeerfieldObserver
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To: P-40
You would have to be a really really really close friend to clean him up.

Couldn't do it.

43 posted on 03/08/2007 1:26:35 PM PST by synbad600
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To: Fierce Allegiance
geez, is that his sack hanging out? NASTY!

LOL! Gads....

I don't think so, the human body does not work like that. If men could make that part or the other part connected to it bigger by eating we'd really have a problem:)

44 posted on 03/08/2007 1:26:40 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Oh! The Obamanation! Durka durka durka...)
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To: P-40

I'm betting that if they had cut off his food supply, he would have lost weight...



Indeed. Usually, being too fat to get up and find food for yourself is a very effective limit on weight gain. Unless undermined by enabling "loved ones."


45 posted on 03/08/2007 1:26:44 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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To: synbad600
Like a car wreck you can't help but stare at. Circus for free syndrome. For some odd reason, I watch all these types of shows when they are on Discovery or TLC. I Don't. Know. Why.

And of course, the two-headed girl:


46 posted on 03/08/2007 1:27:42 PM PST by CedarDave
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To get that big you have to be lazy,selfish and loose all self respect as a human being.

looks like he has some bed sores on the one leg on the bed.


47 posted on 03/08/2007 1:27:54 PM PST by 4yearlurker ("Nothing is true,and everything is permitted"--7 th Satanic vow. Sounds like Liberalism!)
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To: DeerfieldObserver

Huh, I didn't know Hillary was a mechanic.


48 posted on 03/08/2007 1:28:15 PM PST by tearlenb
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To: isthisnickcool

And that's just his right testicle!


49 posted on 03/08/2007 1:28:15 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken (Seldom right but never in doubt)
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To: xsmommy

actually, it takes very few calories to sustain that weight. His metabolism is very slow, because he does not move around much (obviously). Once the fat is in place, it does not require any further energy expenditure to keep it there.


50 posted on 03/08/2007 1:28:15 PM PST by Mom MD (The scorn of fools is music to the ears of the wise)
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