Winnie Johnson

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Winnie was advertised as the "largest human on earth, or ever was on earth." Born a slave in 1839, Winnie was raised in Henry County, Kentucky and up until the year 1885 had never traveled more than about 8 miles from home. When Winnie, still a slave, was married and became "Winnie Johnson" she weighed a very normal 125 pounds. But by the time she was 28 years old she was up to 336 pounds and by 35, she reached 401 pounds. At the age of 36 she was 511 pounds and by 42, she weighed 635 pounds. By this time Winnie’s size left her little choice but to sit and sleep on the floor.