As suggested by being one of the seven deadly sins, gluttony has led to the death of more than a few of history's greatest gluttons, many of whom have reached in excess of 1,000 pounds at one time in their lives. Sadly, despite obesity being a leading cause of preventable death in the world, many still strive to become the ultimate glutton with competitive eating contests growing in popularity and people making nearly six figures annually by allowing fans to watch them eat.
Who are the most famous fat people in history? Many have been named the heaviest person in the world at one time or another, including one woman who reached a whopping 1,600 pounds. Even celebrities made it on to this list, such as Elvis Presley who was rumored to consume 65,000 calories per day. Gluttony, it's what's for dinner.
Needing a total of 13 people to help him roll over, Jon Brower Minnoch, of Washington state, weighed an estimated 1,400 pounds at his peak. Minnoch attempted to lose weight several times, even reaching 476 pounds in 1981, but he was also able to gain it all right back, including gaining 200 pounds in seven days at one time. Like other great gluttons, his weight led to his death in 1983, at the age of 41.
Age: Died at 42 (1941-1983)
Birthplace: Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States of Americasee more on Jon Brower Minnoch
According to authors Matthew and Mark Jacob in their book What the Great Ate, the greatest glutton of all time is none other than legendary singer Elvis Presley. Though the book also debunked some myths about The King, such as he ate nearly 65,000 calories per day, it concluded that Presley did consume around 10,000 calories per day, including from his notable peanut butter, jelly, and bacon sandwiches.
Age: Died at 42 (1935-1977)
Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States of America
Profession: Soldier, Musician, Actor, Singer
Credits: Love Me Tender, Blue Hawaii, Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas
#3 on The Best Rock Vocalistssee more on Elvis Presley
Peaking at 1,199 pounds, Rosalie Bradford is not only one of the greatest gluttons, but also a world record holder for the most weight lost by a woman during her lifetime. Bradford dropped a whopping 917 pounds through diet and exercise, getting help from the colorful weight loss personality Richard Simmons, before she died at the age of 63 in 2006.
Age: Died at 63 (1943-2006)see more on Rosalie Bradford
A native of Flint, Michigan, Carol Yager was said to weigh as much as 1,600 pounds at one point in her life. A regular on "The Jerry Springer Show," Yager lost a whopping 500 pounds at one point, but it did little to prevent her death in 1994, at the age of 34.
Age: Died at 34 (1960-1994)
Birthplace: United States of Americasee more on Carol Yager