A severely overweight American is imprisoned in some country XYZ after accusations of spying. Whilst in prison the XYZ people put him on a diet of just plain water. He is not placed on any kind of hard labor however, and the location where he is imprisoned is clean so there is no risk of illnesses from pests or other prisoners.
So in this scenario, the only things he would directly suffer from are lack of freedom and possibly boredom. As could be expected, he would eventually start loosing weight due to his body using the fat reserves.
The questions I wanted to ask are what would happen if this scenario continued for some extended time.
- Would it be possible for the prisoner to die of hunger while still being overweight?
- Or would the body first use up most of the fat reserves before the person dies of hunger?