Known as the Guinness World Record holder for heaviest athlete, he now wants to be known for an entirely different reason as the worlds heaviest living athlete wants to lose weight.
According to the Huffington Post, 704 pound Emmanuel Yarborough is looking to retire his title as being the worlds heaviest living athlete and start eating healthy in order to lose weight. the 47-year-old amateur sumo wrestler who has also competed in mixed martial arts judo, wrestling, and college football has carried the honor of being the worlds heaviest living athlete in the Guinness World Records since 2001.
While his weight is what got him noticed, the aspiring sumo professional stated: ”I’m trying to lose weight. I can’t maintain this weight healthily and get the most out of the sport. Kelly Gneiting ran a marathon at 400 pounds. He’s fat, but he’s an agile, athletic guy.”
Thanks to his world record, Yarborough has been featured in roles such as Bollywood films and the HBO prison drama Oz. Yet, ask the gentile giant what he wants, and he would tell you that he wished record holders had more interaction with one another. ”I wish it was like a secret society with a handshake or something because there aren’t that many of us.”
While Yarborough admits that being over 700 pounds for sumo wrestling is unhealthy, he doesn’t want to discourage anyone from the sport, and even goes as far as saying that its a great tool for getting in shape. ”It is a viable way of getting some training. You’re using the whole body and you’re getting a workout, but it’s not like running a treadmill.”
Yarborough’s heavyweight achievement is one in a new Guinness e-book“Wacky Sporting Champions,” dedicated to the more unusual sporting records ever, such as the “Fastest 100-Meter Run on All Fours” (18.58 seconds) the “Highest Shallow Dive into One Foot Of Water” (36 feet, 8.94 inches) and “Fastest 100-Meter Hurdles Wearing Swim Fins” (18.52 seconds).
Worlds Heaviest Living Athlete Wants to Lose Weight.