(NEW ZEALAND PRESS) — A medically obese South African man has been told he is too fat for New Zealand, despite losing 30 kilograms since he moved to Christchurch six years ago.

Albert Buitenhuis and his wife, Marthie, are now facing deportation after their work visas were declined because of his 130kg weight.

Immigration authorities cited the demands his obesity could place on New Zealand health services.

New Zealand is the world’s third most obese developed nation, behind the United States and Mexico, according to an OECD report released in June.

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