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Juan Pedro Franco in 2017, after his first operation, to lose weight. [Hector Guerrero / AFP]

Designated in 2017 by the Guinness World Records as “the fattest man in the world,” the Mexican Juan Pedro Franco, who weighs “more” than 280 kilos today, defeated the coronavirus caught a month ago.

Classified as a person at risk, the 36-year-old described to AFP “having headaches, body aches, fever and (being) short of breath.”

While he once weighed up to 595 kilograms, his loss of almost 400 kilograms certainly saved his life. But all the diseases linked to his obesity were as many complications in the fight against Covid-19 (diabetes, hypertension, chronic bronchitis, emphysema).

The first country in the world to be affected by obesity, Mexico, has seen this scourge worsen the Covid-19 epidemic’s effects. A quarter of the 74,000 people who died in the country were affected.

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