Britain’s ‘fattest man’ fears he will die unless he gets weight loss jabs on NHS
BRITAIN’S “fattest man” claims he will die unless he gets a miracle weight loss jab on the NHS.
Jason Holton, 33, from Camberley in Surrey, weighs 47 stone and dubbed himself the fattest person in the UK.
He had to be airlifted out of his mum’s home via crane in 2020 after suffering a series of strokes and now believes he will die in two years if he doesn’t get a prescription for Wegovy.
The fat jab, which contains the active drug semaglutide, was launched on the NHS for people with a BMI of over 35 — or over 30 with certain medical conditions — in September.
However, issues with supply have left thousands of eligible Brits unable to get a dose and stuck on a waiting list — including Mr Holton.
He said people like himself that “really need it” should be made a priority on the list.
Mr Holton told TalkTV: “I believe time’s over for me, in general. I’m coming up to 34 now. I know I’ve got to try something.
“’I could be dead for sure, it’s a timebomb now. I’ve been making changes, my diet now it’s not consisting of loads of junk but I’m not changing.”
Around 38 per cent of adults in England are overweight, and a further 26 per cent obese.
The NHS says obesity costs £6.1billion a year, but the total cost of all linked conditions is believed to be much higher.
Wegovy was launched on the health service last month to help obese patients lose weight and lower their risk of deadly diseases, including heart attack, certain cancers and stroke.
Previous research has shown the drug can help people lose nearly a fifth of their body weight after 68 weeks.
Mr Holton is believed to be Britain’s heaviest man after Carl Thompson — who weighed 65 stone — died in 2015.
At his peak, Mr Holton weighed more than 50st and regularly eats more than 10,000 calories a day.
His health problems mean he is unable to work and he struggles to walk, let alone exercise, making losing weight very difficult.
He said bullying at school and the early loss of his father set off the start of his struggles with food.
Mr Holton said: “Maybe if I had my father around, maybe there would be rules set to what I’m eating and stuff to stop me putting things and stuff in my mouth.
“Just eating constantly. Lamb doner meat, I had a problem with energy drinks. I just decided to get 15 of the Monster cans and drink them all in one.”
He says he has tried to cut down on how much he is eating but it has had little effect on his weight.
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