How a loaf of bread helped cost the world’s fattest man his fiance

A loaf of bread help cost the world's fattest man his fiance.

When Rebecca Mountain first saw Paul Mason on a TV documentary about his dramatic weight loss she fell head over heels for the Ipswich man.

At his heaviest the ex-postie had weighed 70 stone and was officially the fattest man in the world.

Having shed a jaw-dropping 43 stone, Paul flew out to America and quickly became engaged to Rebecca.

For years the couple were smitten with each other and enjoyed a "great" sex life until one day Rebecca came home to discover a loaf of bread – a clear breach of the diet they were supposed to be on together.

She told The Sun: “I came home and there was a big loaf of bread on the refrigerator. We had an agreement that we were not going to tempt each other.

"I felt he wasn’t taking my feelings into consideration. In the weeks after he went back to his old habits.

"He said he was getting bored with what we were eating, and his portion sizes more than doubled.  His bedroom was the living room and he was eating at night.”

Paul left the house they shared together in July before heading back to the UK for treatment on the NHS.

His dramatic weight gain came after he shed more than two thirds of his body weight following a gastric band operation in 2009.

During his peak he was wolfing down 20,000 calories a day, with six portions of chips for lunch and McDonald's burgers for dinner.

Sleeping in a reinforced bed in his bungalow, Paul was convinced he would never find himself in a romantic relationship.

But when Rebecca saw how he'd turned his life around on documentary 'Eating To Death: The World’s Fattest Man' she began to prove the 58-year-old wrong.

Following a whirlwind romance she popped the question to Paul on US chat show The View, presented by TV legend Barbara Walters.

At the time he told the Mirror: “It’s really sweet. I have never felt like this before.

"Meeting Rebecca is the best thing that has ever happened in my life.

“When you get the other side of 50 you start thinking life has passed you by. I was 53 in December and I did wonder if marriage would ever happen for me.

Rebecca said the attraction was instant from the moment she first met Paul in person.

The cat furniture business owner said: “Right from the beginning we both knew we had emotional chemistry which connected us very quickly.

“A lot of very small things added up to the big things of how we are attracted to each other.

"People kept asking me: ‘Was Paul what you expected?’

"But it was not like that. What happens is the chemistry that connects you emotionally drives the physical attraction which naturally follows.

"I was instantly attracted to Paul’s personality. That is what drove our relationship."

Paul continued his weight loss journey when he joined Rebecca in Massachusetts, adopting her diet of oatmeal for breakfast and pasta and salad for main meals.

However, by 2015 the extent of Paul's issues with food were made clear, leading to couple to mutually split and the Brit to move into a boarding house.

After two years of living alongside drug addicts Paul was asked back by Rebecca.

They were happy for a while until she came home to discover he had broken the paleo diet they were on together.

When he moved out last summer Paul found refuge with a morbidly obese close female friend who, Rebecca said, fed him sweets.

Things took another downward turn for Paul when he was caught shoplifting twice, with the second haul consisting of £827 of fast food.

His weight problems have also spiralled and he now weighs 40 stone.

With an uncertain future ahead of him Paul has returned to the UK to find help for a catalogue of issues that include eight hernias in his stomach, severe knee pain and “crippling” arthritis.

He will have to get painkillers and other drugs, which cost £1,600 a month in the US, as well as the gastric band replacement, which costs £18,000.

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