We barely know what to say. This is … extreme.
Meet Herbert Chavez, a 35-year-old man from the Philippines. He really, really, really, really, really, really, really, REALLY loves him the Man of Steel. At 35, he has a Superman comforter, posters, lunch boxes, comic books, underpants; you name, he has it. Still, having the largest collection of memorabilia in the world (we guess?) just wasn't enough. Herbert decided there was only one thing left for him to go: become the man he idolized.
So, since 1995, Herbert has been under the knife a staggering amount of times. The exact number is unknown, but Herbert admits to having a cleft chin sculpted, his nose thinned (a la Christopher Reeves), silicone injections for fatter lips and thigh implants. Experts who have examined Herbert reveal that it appears he has had other surgeries as well.
Obviously, this level of dedication to a fictional character is not healthy, and taking his obession with Superman to this extreme leads doctors to fear Herbert suffers from "body dysmorphic disorder", defined as a chronic mental illness “in which you can’t stop thinking about a flaw with your appearance.”
It's such a bizarre and radical transformation, yet he talks about it with such ease and sanity!
Check out the video (below the cut) to learn more about Herbert and his love for the fictional superhero to see what we mean.
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