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101-pound man eats 6,500 calories a day

While this isn't a "Supersized Meal", this guy has to eat them every day! I wonder if we could recruit him as our official product tester? :)


Matt Chaffee, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, must eat 6,500 calories a day to get his weight over the 100-pound mark. He has to wear heavy clothes to help him conserve heat and keep from getting sick.


Source: Associated Press

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - A 5-foot-9, 22-year-old man who eats 6,500 calories a day — two and a half times the average intake for an adult male — has earned a special reward for breaking the 100-pound mark:

Dinner out from his mom.

"I'm a medical mystery," said Matt Chaffee, who weighed in at 101 pounds on Saturday. "I've accepted it."

Chaffee, who has a 26-inch waist, had several health problems as a newborn. One of them, pyloric stenosis, prevents food from emptying out of the stomach. The condition and ulcers he developed in his esophagus reduced his ability to gain weight.

Chaffee weighed 8 pounds when he was 4 months old, and 17 pounds when he reached kindergarten, his mother said. He was up to 85 pounds at age 14, but couldn't participate in some activities, including swimming.

"He sinks like a rock," his mother, Kelley Chaffee, told the Post Register.

Since turning 18 his goal has been to go over 100 pounds. He achieved that on a diet that included 5,000 calories a day in protein shakes.

"He was so happy," Kelley Chaffee said.

Sandi Birch, a registered dietitian at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, said most of the people she deals with are not trying to put on weight.

"Its far more common to have the opposite problem," she said.

Matt Chaffee is an Eastern Idaho Technical College student and WinCo Foods cashier who works out five days a week and can bench press 130 pounds. He uses his bike for daily transportation.

How would you go about getting 6,500 calories a day?
# Some options:
1 1/2 Pizza Hut Full House Extra Large Meat Lover’s Pizzas
9 Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls
12 McDonald’s Big Macs
19 Starbucks Blended Mocha Frappucinos (Venti)
91 medium apples
382 cups of raw celery

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101-pound man eats 6,500 calories a day
Authored by: Alex on Saturday, April 22 2006 @ 06:41 pm UTC
God bless this kid. We should all have this problem. But not really...funny how massive food consumption is a big goofy challenge to some of us, and life or death to this guy. The next time I hoist a fifth Whopper, I'll do it in his name. Health to all.
101-pound man eats 6,500 calories a day
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, April 23 2006 @ 09:15 am UTC
I think he has some worms in his body like tape worms that are eating most of his food, he should be checked.


101-pound man eats 6,500 calories a day
Authored by: Billy on Saturday, April 22 2006 @ 06:43 pm UTC
*Billy raises his glass*
101-pound man eats 6,500 calories a day
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, May 09 2006 @ 09:24 am UTC
I don't have the medical problems this kid does, but I take in (on a regular basis) 3500-4000 calories a day (or more), and can't break 165 lbs.
101-pound man eats 6,500 calories a day
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, May 22 2006 @ 05:40 pm UTC
I think he needs to give barry bonds a visit, barry will sort him out with his weight!!
pyloric stenosis
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 09 2007 @ 06:42 pm UTC
I had pyloric stenosis also as a kid. I'm now in my 40's. Still have a sizeable scar on right side.

I used to be "skin and bones" growing up...but now..I'm about normal for my weight. Actually I need to lose a little! I'm a normal eater.

Like to discuss pyloric stenosis more
101-pound man eats 6,500 calories a day
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, July 12 2007 @ 02:52 pm UTC
I think calorie intake has more to do with age, gender and personal metabolism and activity level than actual weight. At 150lbs, 19 years old, male and cycling 25 miles/ day, I have to take in 3700 calories/ day to maintain, which is nearly 25 calories/ pound. My gym says considering my age, height, weight, gender and activity level, this is normal. Most of the rubbish about 17-18 calories/ pound for an active person (some sites allow a concessionary 20 for extreme activity is rubbish). At a lower activity level than now, I made myself quite unwell trying to follow a 3000 calorie MyPyramid plan, running myself down to 141. I have been up to 156, but have lost again due to training, and I can say that 150 is already a much warmer weight than 141. At 141, I was still glad of a warm top even on days where it was 22C.
I also take issue with BMI. BMI of 20-25 (some sites even dare to say 18.5) means a range of 132-164lbs for my height. At 150lbs, I am only 7% fat and my waist is less than 30. I have never been below 150lbs (BMI of 22.8) and felt healthy.