A British former postman who described himself as & # 39; the fattest man in the world & # 39; has revealed that he will return from the US to Britain to receive another benefit.
Paul Mason, 59, originally from Ipswich, Suffolk, was 70 stone (445kg) in his toughest and his fight to lose weight at TLC show World & # 39; s Fattest Man.
But when he moved to Orange, Massachusetts in 2014, he got air again in size from 19 stones (121 kg) to 35 stones (222 kg) despite surgery on the gastric band.
Mr. Mason is pictured on a photo that accompanied his Facebook post yesterday
Mr Mason revealed in a Facebook message last night that he plans to return to Britain soon
After he was accused of theft at Walmart supermarket and had split his fiancé, Mr. said. Mason that he plans to return to Britain with his US visa now expired.
He wrote on his Facebook page last night: & # 39; I have to go back to the UK, where I am eligible for the help I need to get my life back on track. & # 39;
In recent months, Mr. Mason has piled up the weight again, gorge on pizza and chips all night after the split of fiance Rebecca Mountain last year.
He now comes around on sticks and is desperately seeking to replace the double knees and a fixator for a hernia, which he has damaged by overeating.
Mr. Mason is seen in January 2017 after having lost considerable weight following a movement regime
Paul Mason, who was once the fattest man in the world, is pictured on ITV's This Morning in 2013
He said yesterday: & # 39; After having lived in the US for almost five years, the time has come to quickly return to the UK. I will go into more detail in the coming weeks and months /
& # 39; But what I can say now is that over time I have made wrong decisions in the US that have led to some serious consequences. & # 39;
& # 39; Some of those who let my visa expire, join someone who had a bad influence, and because of these and other choices I made, I have weighed heavier.
& # 39; I am now about 500 pounds, my lowest weight of 275. Looking ahead, I have to return to the UK, where I am eligible for the help I need to get my life back on track. & # 39;
Mr Mason shows how fat he had become in November 2011 when appearing on ITV & # 39; s Daybreak
After the news of his shoplifting reached his hometown of Ipswich, the residents were indignant about his plans to return to Britain.
A former neighbor said last year that the reality TV star still allowed his circumstances in life to influence his weight.
They said: & # 39; To leave the country and come back just because we have a free NHS wrong – although it is perfectly understandable why you would do it.
& # 39; He should not only look at the weight, but also at how he thinks and feels so that he can cope better if he feels bad. & # 39;
Mr Mason is shown during a shopping trip in his hometown of Ipswich in Suffolk in April 2011
Mr. Mason is featured on the TLC documentary World & # 39; s Fattest Man, which was broadcast for the first time in 2010
US police said that Mr. Mason was found in May with £ 175 in aftershave, perfume, telephone charges and earphones in his shopping cart.
According to Walmart security personnel, he had previously tried to get the stunt out.
The report from a police officer, seen by The Sun, said: & Shop Security advised the male party, later identified as Paul Mason, could not pay for the items he had in his basket, totaling around $ 225.
& # 39; I was further informed that they (sic) have looked at Paul as he did in the past, filling up a basket and then leaving the store with the help of a motorized cart.
Mr. Mason grew in size in the US despite the fact that he had undergone gastric band surgery. He is shown in the TLC documentary in 2010, which told the story of how doctors tried to help him
Mason is shown outside of a hospital in the US as part of the TLC documentary in 2010
Before moving to Ms Mountain, an eight-stone vegetarian, in Massachusetts in 2014, Mr. Mason's concern cost British taxpayers £ 100,000 a year and an estimated £ 1.5 million in total.
In a medical emergency of 2002, firefighters had to cover a window and brickwork so that a forklift could take him out of the house and bring him to the hospital in a five-ton ambulance built specifically for obese people.
By 2009, he needed a life-saving operation after he had thrown out 20,000 calories a day, including three family meals for one meal a night.
In 2010 he had a gastric bypass surgery that reduced his stomach to the size of an egg.
Mr Mason is shown at the TLC show in 2010 with his ex-fiancé Rebecca Mountain
Paul Mason, 59, was pictured in 2009 when he needed a life-saving operation after putting away 20,000 calories a day, including three family takeaway meals per night
In 2013, Ms. Mountain contacted Mr. Mason after seeing a documentary about him.
The couple became engaged and in May 2015 he had four stones of excess skin cut out of his body in a nine-hour procedure in New York.
The NHS had refused to do the £ 30,000 operation until its weight had remained stable for two years.
Although he received 19 stones, the couple called out their engagement in September 2015.
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