Phillip Schofield gobsmacked as 38-stone mans cremation planned in abattoir

This Morning host Phillip Schofield sympathised with Paul Mason, a Brit who was formerly deemed the fattest man in the world, admitting his story was "utterly shocking" on Wednesday.

Phil, who interviewed the 38-stone man alongside co-host Holly Willoughby, felt sorry for Paul who has suffered from depression and loneliness on his weight loss journey and recovery.

The presenter said: "There are parts of this story which are utterly shocking", especially after learning about hospital instructions for Paul to be cremated in an abattoir if he died.

Paul said: "The hospital's in a very unique situation. They've never dealt with anybody my size.

"They brought me a form to sign to say that if I died when I was in hospital at that size they would have to dispose of my body in an abattoir.

"My family couldn't have a say in the matter, it was taken out of their hands. They wanted me to sign this form, which I denied. I said no."

For Paul, the decision felt inhumane and left him at an all-time low: "You feel like you’re not a human, just a name on a piece of paper."

Paul has battled with his weight all of his life, as well as depression.

The 61-year-old said that much of his weight problems are mental, and advocated that therapy is the place to start for any weight loss journey.

At his lightest, Paul weighed 19 stone. This was after having an eight-stone skin removal procedure and gastric bypass surgery.

Paul now suffers from arthritis as well as severe depression.

His battle hit breaking point six months ago when Paul took an overdose during a serious bout of depression.

Fans on Twitter turned out in support of Paul after learning about his heartbreaking weight battle.

One Twitter user wrote: "This man is very obviously very depressed and lonely. He’s got nothing in his life but food. It’s sad really."

Another viewer wrote: "Big love to the man who lost all of that weight. I know you've regained but you can still do this. Let's get you some therapy and some help with your emotions."

Phil reminded viewers that obesity is one of the UK's biggest killers. Although 2.2 million people died from Covid last year, 2.8 million died due to obesity.

Paul has recently documented his weight loss journey for ITV, and the resulting documentary, The World's Fattest Man: 10 Years On, airs at 9pm on Wednesday.

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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