July 28, 2013
This is the man who was told he is too fat to live in New Zealand, despite losing 66lb since moving there six years ago.
Albert Buitenhuis, who weighs 20 stone six pounds, was told that it may place demands on the New Zealand health services.
He and wife Marthie are now facing deportation from their Christchurch home and are living with his sister in Auckland as they fight the decision.
New Zealand is the third most obese nation in the developed world, coming behind the US and Mexico.
Albert is five feet ten inches tall and has a body mass index of 40, making him clinically obese.
But, he weighed 25 stone two pounds when he arrived in New Zealand after gaining weight when he quit smoking.
His wife Marthie said that his weight had not stopped Albert from working 40 hours a week as a chef.
She added that their annual visas have been approved every year since 2007 with little problem.
Marthie told The Press: ‘We applied for [them] year after year and there were no issues. They never mentioned Albert’s weight or his health once and he was a lot heavier then.
‘We’ve committed no crime and did nothing wrong other than my husband being a foodie.’