Obesity is an epidemic around the world. One of the heaviest people to have ever lived is 37-year-old Mayra Rosales. She hit the headlines in 2008 when she was accused of crushing her nephew to death and was subsequently dubbed the “Half-Ton Killer”.

At her heaviest, Mayra was 1,036lb, which made her the then fattest woman in the world. She was so large that she had to live in the courtroom during her murder trial on a mattress and had to be physically cut out of her house to get there in the first place.


Despite pleading guilty to the murder, it later emerged that Mayra was innocent and was simply covering up for her sister – even though she was an abusive parent – so that her other children would still have a mom. The jury concluded that Mayra was too fat to kill.


“I tried to protect my sister, and I was already dying so I didn’t see… like I was doing [something] wrong,” Mayra said. “I was already giving up in life, and the way I saw it when they began saying I was going to get capital murder charges, I really saw it like they were doing me a favor.”

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After the murder trial, Mayra decided that enough was enough, and after avoiding the death penalty, she went on a mission to lose weight.

Check out the video below for the lowdown on this extraordinary murder trial:

This began when she contacted Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, a renowned bariatric surgeon, who told her that she had to lose 600lbs to be eligible for gastric bypass surgery. She did this, and when her excess skin was removed after losing even more weight, she was transformed…

She now weighs a comparatively healthy 200lbs and looks like a new woman!

“A lot of it is the diet,” she said in an interview about her transformation. “I’m eating healthy food. Everything is measured by a dietitian.”

“I think it’s a miracle of God that I’m healthy,” she added. “I’m alive, and I’m not diabetic. I do not have cholesterol [problems]. I don’t have high blood pressure, so I’m healthy.”

We hope that Mayra’s story inspires everyone who is hoping to lose weight. If the world’s fattest woman can slim down, anyone can.