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World's fattest man dies age 44

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  • Keith Martin, the world's fattest man, who weighed 445 kilos
    British man Keith Martin, the world's fattest man, who weighed 445 kilos at his heaviest, has died of the age of 44.
    Mr Martin died from pneumonia following a lengthy battle with his weight, eight months after a gastric sleeve was fitted which reduced his stomach to a quarter of its size.
    According to the UK's The Mirror, Martin's weight ballooned after consuming on average 20,000 calories a day.
    His unhealthy diet included six-egg fried breakfasts and lunches and dinners consisting of pizzas, kebabs, take-outs and Big Macs.
    Each day he sank 3.5 litres of coffee and two litres of fizzy drinks.
    Mr Martin's surgeon, Kesava Mannur, fitted his gastric belt at London’s Homerton hospital in the hope that he could dramatically reduce his weight and prolong his life. Since Martin's death Mr Mannur has called on the UK government to impose a fast-food tax to help protect the morbidly obese.
    He said: “Keith, like many people, had some emotional issues and he turned to food for comfort.
    “That type of behaviour is nothing new, but what is new is how easy it is for people in that situation to buy a lot of cheap junk food.”
    Martin came into the public eye during a documentary for UK’s Channel Five. During filming he told cameras that he had long suffered with depression since the death of his mother who died from pneumonia.
    Since the age of 16, he said he had continually struggled with his weight which lead to severe depression in his twenties.
    Keith spent most of his time playing video games and watching TV and used food as a means "to ease the pain" and before he knew it, "he was binging every time" something upset him.
    “I’ve always been depressed. I am an agoraphobic — I’m afraid of public places — but it was never treated."
    “I just want to be happy, without needing food to make me happy.”