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Obese Saudi Loses 700 lbs, On Orders from King

AFP / Getty Images Saudi Khaled Mohsen Chaïri, who suffers from extreme obesity weighing 610 kilograms, is transported with a fork-lift truck on August 19, 2013 at the airport in Riyadh.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia demonstrates tough love

You know you have a weight problem when all of the king’s horses and all of the king’s men struggle to whip you into shape again.

CNN reports that a Saudi man lost 700 pounds, roughly half of his body weight, after the nation’s monarch personally intervened with a weight loss plan.

King Abdullah had Khaled Mohsen Chaïri hospitalized in August as part of an obesity awareness campaign. Since then, doctors have regularly updated the local press on the patient’s heart rate (improving), breathing rate (improving), body weight (dropping) and emotional well being (uplifting, despite the media circus).

With obesity rates climbing across the Gulf oil states, the focus may now widen from one royal subject to an entire kingdom.


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