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Carol Ann Yager (January 26, 1960 – July 18, 1994) was one of the most severely obese people in history. She holds the record as the heaviest woman ever.


Yager is or was perhaps more notable for having lost the most weight by natural (non-surgical) means, in the shortest documented time (121 lbs. in 3 months). While others have registered larger total weight loss, some wer assisted by bariatric surgery and/or cosmetic procedures to remove excess tissues, and all were over longer periods of time; 19 months (with surgical assistance) in the case of Guinness's record holder, Michael Hebranko, and 16 months for Jon Brower Minnoch (said to be the heaviest man ever recorded). Guinness's female record holder, Rosalie Bradford's weight lost took over 1 year (420 lbs. in the first year), and she underwent at least five surgical sessions to remove tissue during that time.

When Yager died in 1994 at the age of 34, she weighed about 1200 lbs (544 kg), and was 5' 7" (170 cm) in height. Bizarre magazine reported that she was estimated to have been more than 5' wide (152 cm), although this measurement has not been verified by Yager's medical team or family members. Shortly before her death, however, she was able to fit through her custom-built 48" (121 cm) wide front door. Undocumented information from firefighters and rescue personnel of the Beecher Fire Department stated that they had to remove the picture window in the front room of her house to get her body out when she died. Published reports quoted her then-boyfriend as stating that he estimated her peak weight at about 1600 pounds (727 kg), but when questioned about this estimate, Yager's doctor declined comment. nd

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