If you want to know the record holder for the biggest waist in the world, then you're in the right place. Walter Hudson of Hempstead New York holds the Guinness World Record for the largest waist. It measured 119 inches (3.02 m) in 1987 when he was at his peak weight of 1,197 lbs. He was considered the fourth most obese human in medical history. Hudson made headlines after becoming wedged into his bathroom doorway and having to be rescued by firefighters. It took 9 men to move him back onto his reinforced bed.
Robert Earl Hughes who was 6 ft 1/2 inches claimed that at his peak, he had a chest girth of 124 inches and a 122-inch waistline. He weighed 1069 lbs in February, 1958. Hughes began life at a healthy 11 1/2 lbs, and progressed to 203 lbs at 6 years, 378 lbs at 10, 546 lbs at 13, 693 lbs at 18, and 947 at 27. His weight made him a national celebrity: even his custom-made blue jeans made news.
Did you know that the Waist-hip ratio or Waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) is the ratio of the circumference of the waist to that of the hips. The WHR has been used as an indicator or measure of the health of a person, and the risk of developing serious health conditions. Research shows that people with "apple-shaped" bodies (with more weight around the waist) face more health risks than those with "pear-shaped" bodies who carry more weight around the hips. The waist-hip ratio in women is often considered a key feature in physical attractiveness.
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These are some stories of people surviving without food for a long period of time. These stories cannot be authenticated but cannot be dismissed easily either. In 1992 James Scott, made world headlines when he survived in the Nepalese Himalayas without food for 43 days. James maintained a disciplined routine that enabled him to survive freezing, starvation and severe isolation. He was eventually rescued many weeks after experts predicted he would no longer be alive. His story is now recognised as one of the great feats of survival. His unique account provides a moving experience that is both entertaining and motivating.
Giri Bala was said to have lived for 66 years without food and that she lived by employing a certain yoga technique to recharge her body with cosmic energy from the ether, sun, and air only.Devraha Baba is claimed by his followers to have never ate any food all his life.
Ram Bahadur Bomjon also known as Palden Dorje and now Dharma Sangha is also claimed to live without food for years. He was featured on a Discovery channel documentary, where he was watched for 96 hours, during which time he did not change his position and did not drink any fluids or eat any food.
The fasting girls refers usually to pre-adolescent women, who, it was claimed, were capable of surviving over indefinitely long periods of time without consuming any food or other nourishment. Fasting girls were not only girls who refused food but who also drew attention to their fast by claiming to have special religious and or magical powers.
Did you know that Inedia which means "fasting" in Latin is the ability to live without food. describe certain saints being able to survive for extended periods of time without food or drink other than the Eucharist. Breatharianism is a related concept, in which believers claim food and possibly water are not necessary, and that humans can be sustained solely by prana (the vital life force in Hinduism), or, according to some, by the energy in sunlight. The terms breatharianism or inedia may also refer to this philosophy practised as a lifestyle in place of the usual diet. While there is not peer-verified scientific support for the claims, some promote the practices of breatharianism as a skill which can be learned through specific techniques.