There was a half tonne man on Amazing Medical Stories last night. He weighed over 1000 pounds. His wife was overweight, but not obese. He and his wife had never consumated their relationship. It was physically impossible.
He could only lie on his stomach because if he laid on his back, his weight crushed his lungs and he couldn't breathe. They had to cut down a wall of his house to get him out and into a special ambulance.
His skin was stretched to the point of capacity - so stretched he was losing fluid thorugh his skin. He lost about 200kg in about 4 months!
He solely blamed genetics for his condition. He reduced the quantity of what he was eating, but he was still eating KFC ("good protein"
) and potato chips etc. He swore black and blue that he ate no more than an average person, but the doctor swore that he had to have been eating 15000 calories a day to maintain that weight.
Another obese person on the show made the point comparing his addiction to food, to alcoholics and drug addicts -- at least recovering alcoholics and drug addicts aren't forced to have a little bit of heroin or alcohol every day, whereas he has to have a little bit of food everyday. I could see his point.
Anyway, the half tonne man was such a loud, rude, pushy thing, that you could only imagine how much of a bully he would have been to his wife, if she didn't bring him his favourite foods, and plenty of 'em. She seemed really timid and he would talk over her all the time. So no doubt she had some serious self-confidence issues and if he was her only source of love, she'd probably do anything to cling to it, even if it meant not-so-slowly killing her husband.
So I guess it gave me a bit of insight into how people might enable someone to become so deathly ill. The interviewer did ask the wife, but of course he talked over the top of her while she looked nervous and he basically said what a tyrant he could be if he didn't get his own way.
Just keep moving! And don't be lazy...
SW: 74.3kg - 1/1/09
CW: 71.1kg - 3/5/09