Argentina’s forward Carlos Tevez (top) celebrates with goalkeeper Sergio Romero after scoring his shot in the penalty shoot-out to defeat Colombia 5-4 in their 2015 Copa America football championship quarter-final match, in Viña del Mar, Chile, on June 26, 2015
“Ayer que volvió a temblar y que no faltaron las bromas acerca de que, como es 2012, el mundo se va a acabar, pensé por un segundo en esto: por supuesto, el mundo no se va a acabar; o, al menos, no se acabará de la manera en que la gente fanática de las tonterías cree que los mayas lo predijeron (en primera porque los mayas no predijeron que el mundo se acabaría en 2012 (esto es invención de la gente new-age…”
Carlos Romero’s apartment is marked with remnants from his former life: a giant television from his days playing World of Warcraft and a pair of jeans the width of an easy chair. Remnants of that time — when he weighed 437 pounds — mark his body too: loose, hanging skin and stretch marks.
“I lift weights and work out and work hard, but there’s lasting damage,” says Romero.
Yet for all the troubles he had dating when he was obese — all those unanswered requests on dating websites — shedding weight left him uneasy about how much to reveal. “If you were to say to someone on the first date, ‘I lost 220 pounds,’ you’re indicating that you had a very serious issue at one point and that you may still have that issue,” he says. “So it’s not something I put on a dating profile because I don’t want people to judge me for it.”