October 5, 2008
Two Obese Men Help Each Other Diet
When dangerously obese, bedridden Jose Luis Garza begged for any help in losing hundreds of pounds, he received it from the world's chief weight watcher.
Garza is receiving diet guidance from Manuel Uribe, a man who has been fighting to lose his label as the world's heaviest man.
Both men reside in the Monterrey area in Mexico. Neither man can leave his bed.
Even though Garza has not stood on a scale in a long time, doctors approximate he weighs about 990 pounds. He received a call from Uribe following his appearance on national television to implore for help.
"Manuel inspires me with courage and the will to live," Garza said to The Associated Press. "I understand that this is matter of life and death and that I have to follow the instructions that are given to me."
Currently the Guinness Book of World Records has affirmed that Uribe, who tipped the scales at 1,230 pounds in 2006, the world's heaviest man.
"I have no interest in reaching that record," Garza said.
Uribe, 43, has since then lost 550 pounds with the aid of his girlfriend Claudia Solis. The two are getting married in October.
Uribe sent Solis to Garza's residence on Friday night with kiwis, grapefruit and pears, as well as high protein supplements suggested by his doctors. Uribe also said he would also assist Garza in getting a wheel-equipped iron bed like his own.
"I spoke with him and I really want to give him a hand and give him the benefit of my own experiences," Uribe stated.
Garza said he has continuously been obese and held responsible a diet of unhealthy junk food and greasy tacos.
He said his situation radically worsened nine months ago when both his parents died in 13 days of each other, leaving him with anyone, in his home, and plummeting into a sequence of depression and repeated binge-eating.
Garza said he has not been able to leave his bed for about four months. A sister has moved in to help take care of him.