We need to talk about the upcoming TLC documentary, “Half-Ton Killer.” If you’ve seen TLC’s other “Half-Ton” docs (“Half-Ton Mom,” “Half-Ton Teen,” etc.), this is a different beast. Yes, Mayra Rosales does weigh a half-ton. Actually she weighs 1,100 pounds and is considered one of the heaviest women in the world. But this is not about Mayra’s struggle to lose weight. Keep reading »
Pauline Potter took the title of the Guinness Book World Record’s Fattest Woman at 728 pounds. She packed on the pounds after divorcing her husband Alex, binging on about 10,000 calories a day. I’ll provide some calorie math for you. Ten thousand calories a day works out to be four bowls of cereal, a box of cookies and cheese curls for breakfast, a super-sized fast food meal and an order of chicken nuggets for lunch, three servings of pasta for dinner and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s for dessert. This diet led Pauline to health complications and immobility. Her son had to help her use the bathroom. Keep reading »
Earlier this week, a federal health advisory panel recommended that obese adults receive intensive counseling in order to address the mounting obesity epidemic in America. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force encouraged doctors to identify and aid obese patients by providing counseling, or referring them to a weight loss-oriented program.
Specially targeted: patients with a body mass index of 30 or more — which is currently one in three Americans. Keep reading »
Emergency workers who needed to take an obese teenager from her home to a hospital in Wales had to break through a wall of the residence to get her out and into an ambulance, officials said Friday.
The rescue on the second floor of the small house on Thursday used scaffolding as a ramp to lower the woman to the ground level, the local Rhondda Cynon Taf council said. Read more …
Caesarian sections are on the rise in the United States, but a new study out yesterday indicates that the surgical birth method may have an unexpected consequence. It found that babies born by C-section are twice as likely to be obese by age three, reports the Washington Post. Researchers reviewing the records of 1,255 mothers and babies discovered that 7.5 percent of those born vaginally were obese at three, vs. 15.7 percent of those born by C-section. Read more…
Okay, okay, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver was actually using this glorious table of junk food to prove a point about the dangers of obesity as he kicked off a healthy cooking and nutrition initiative in Melbourne, Australia. I really admire Jamie and his work, but if I’m being completely honest, looking at this picture gave me a serious pizza craving.