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A 36st shopkeeper turned down the chance to feature in a Mexican version of the US reality series My 600-lb life, stating he wants to "promote obesity" instead.Luis Delgado, who runs a plus-size clothing business named BigandFashion, believes participating in Kils Mortales would contradict his brand's ethos.The programme, mirroring the TLC show in the US, documents the lives of extremely overweight individuals as they tackle their emotional and physical challenges, often through bariatric surgery.Although the show doesn't offer cash payments to its stars, it does provide them with the necessary resources for change, including surgery, which costs about 110,000 Mexican pesos (approximately £4,800) in Mexico.Luis explained that he was initially contacted about joining the show by a social media fan, but decided to decline the offer.Explaining his decision, he said: "They offered me the operation, the psychologist, the assessment.

But I couldn't continue with BigandFashion, I couldn't eat the same way or continue with my brand, or promote obesity, because they were doing the opposite; I didn't like that."Luis was also worried about the production process, which involved camera crews descending on people's homes.

He told Mexico's El Heraldo: "They told me that they were going to get inside my home, my family, that they were going to be inside my house 24/7 for a long period of time, invading my privacy as well as that of my family, because my mother, my sister and my wife live there."Despite the offer to feature him as the premiere episode of Kilos Mortales, Luis turned it down.

He added: "The truth is that I didn't accept, even though they offered me to be the first episode of Kilos Mortales." But instead of resorting to

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