Morbidly Obese Woman Gets Separated From Husband And Mom After They Fed Her A 7,000 Calorie-A-Day Diet
A morbidly obese woman was separated from her husband and mother after doctors found out that they were feeding her a 7,000 calorie-a-day diet.
Christina, who is 23 years old and 640 pounds, moved from Mississippi to Houston to lose the weight needed in order to get bypass surgery.
But instead of losing weight, she gained 17 pounds in four weeks.
Christina, who was featured TLC’s Tuesday night episode of “My 600-lb. Life,” suggested her weight gain was a result of water retention.
But Dr. Nowzaradan didn’t buy it.
“It’s not water, for that you’ve got to drink at least 300 gallons,” the doctor said on last night’s episode. “You gained weight because you feel comfortable with your eating.”
Her mother admitted on camera that she is a part of the problem. Christina had been eating a diet consisting of pizza, hamburgers and fries, despite being told to cut back on high-in-fat foods.
“You’re right, you’re absolutely right. We’re the ones enabling her to do this,” her mother said. “We haven’t been able to cook proper food.”
In order to gain those 17 pounds in four weeks, Dr. Nowzaradan estimates that Christina would have been consuming 7,000 calories a day.
The doctor then decided to hospitalize Christina so she could lose the needed weight for surgery. She was able to lose 122 pounds under medical supervision, but then returned home and also returned to her bad eating habits.
She lost only 2 pounds in the next month.
at that point, Christina told Nowzaradan she was only eating one meal a day.
“Christina’s not telling me the truth. She’s done very well but this month her weight loss has come to plateau,” he said. “She has to stick with the program. She needs to stay focused and continue with her diet.”
At her heaviest, Christina weighed 678 pounds at the age of 22. At 17, she was over 400 pounds.
Having struggled with her weight at a young age, Christina distanced herself from her friends and got married to her husband Zach. She did not leave her home for four years.
Now, the young woman says she just wants to go to college and have a “normal marriage.”
A bizarre weight loss fad among American teen girls is the “cotton-ball diet,” in which teens soak cotton balls in orange juice or lemonade and then eat the cotton ball, which is supposed to expand in their stomach and make them feel full.
Now, doctors and nutritionists are having to warn teen girls not to eat cotton balls, which can cause a blockage in the intestines (video below).
“You’re really kind of playing Russian roulette when you use these types of diets,” Jennifer Lombardi, of the Eating Recovery Center of California, told KCRA.
“The biggest concern is it can cause a blockage in the digestive system, and if that happens to a certain extent, they are going to end up in surgery. Just like with any extreme diet, it is very dangerous because you’re depleting your body of needed nutrients,” added Lombardi.
Kourtney Gordon, of the Fairwinds Eating Disorder Program, told 10 News, "The problem being that taking the non-nutritive foods is you’re not getting the vitamins, the minerals, the calories, the proteins, the fats that our bodies need to survive off of. So you can have a lot of growth and development issues, you can have complications of being malnourished.”
While American teens choose to starve themselves on cotton balls, the numbers for world hunger outside the U.S. are staggering.
According to the United Nation's World Hunger Program, 842 million people do not have enough to eat, poor nutrition causes the deaths of 3.1 million children and 66 million children attend school hungry; with 23 million just in Africa alone.
A class-action lawsuit against Maidenform Brands Inc. claims that the caffeine in its shapewear for women does not get rid of cellulite as it previously claimed.
The company originally promised that its shapewear would tame curves using tiny caffeine capsules imbedded in the fabric. The caffeine was supposed to get rid of fat, somehow.
Two New Yorkers, Christine Caramore and Michelle Martin, filed the suit after wearing the items and not receiving the desired effect. They argue that the product was falsely advertised.
One part of the lawsuit reads: "The Federal Trade Commission calls such claims about as credible as a note from the Tooth Fairy."
The lawsuit also states that the company preyed on women’s insecurities about their body images.
Both women seek class certification, restitution, and statutory, treble damages and punitive damages for consumer fraud, breach of warranty and unjust enrichment.
Maidenform has yet to comment on the suit.
A similar lawsuit was filed in 2012 against Sketchers, when it advertised leg-toning footwear that did nothing of the sort. The company was forced to pay $40 million in settlement money and issue a massive recall for its shoes.
New mom Kim Kardashian revealed the secret to her post-baby body in a tweet recently, noting that she had been following the Atkins diet.
The tweet was a response to a fan’s inquiry into how she had lost the baby weight in four months.
The Atkins diet casts out high-carb and processed foods in favor of lean meat, eggs, dairy, fresh fruit and vegetables. The body burns fat faster because carbs aren’t such a plentiful source of fuel.
“She wanted an effective and balanced way to lose the baby weight,” spokesperson for Atkins Nutritional Jennifer Livingston said. “She’d done Atkins before and knew it worked."
The diet worked for Kardashian, who needed a balanced diet to be healthy for her child and keep up her milk production.
According to Livingston, Kardashain has been eating fish, lean cuts of beef, leafy greens, broccoli, spinach, nuts, avocados and olive oil.
On Saturday night, the 32-year-old stepped out to have dinner with a friend, wearing skinny jeans and a loose fitting white top.
Her more daring post-baby outfit included a plunging black gown during Fashion Week in Paris.
A dachshund named "Obie" has lost an astounding 50 pounds after more than a year of dieting, a tummy tuck procedure and many long walks.
Obie used to weigh 77 pounds, but is now at a normal weight of 27 pounds.
The 5-year-old pooch and his owner, Nora Vanatta, live in Portland, Ore.
Obie went viral on the web last year when pictures of his huge belly, dragging on the ground, were posted on social media sites, reports the Daily Mail.
According to The Huffington Post, the dog used to belong to an elderly couple that overfed him and gave the canine little exercise. Thankfully, Vanatta adopted Obie and put him on a training schedule to lose weight.
However, Oregon Dachshund Rescue owner Jenell Rangan has accused Vanatta of exploiting Obie on TV shows and the web for "sensationalistic promotional value."
Vanatta did set up a Paypal page for people to donate money to pay for Obie's care and collected thousands of dollars, but insists the money is spent for the dog's benefit.
"I feel tremendously blessed to be involved in his rehabilitation and I am amazed at the outpouring of love and support that I have received," Vanatta wrote on Obie's website. "My hope is that he can be an inspiration to any person or animal trying to lose weight. It is so important to introduce pups and kids to a healthy lifestyle and food choices as early as possible."
A woman from Iowa recently admitted to her doctor that she ordered a tapeworm off the Internet and swallowed it in an effort to lost weight.
Unsure of what to do in this situation, her doctor contacted the Iowa Department of Public Health. The unidentified woman was prescribed anti-worm medication.
Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, the medical director of the IDPH, issued an email statement to state public health workers warning them that tapeworms are being sold online as weight loss tools.
“Ingesting tapeworms is extremely risky and can cause a wide range of undesirable side effects, including rare deaths,” Quinlisk wrote. “Those desiring to lose weight are advised to stick with proven weight loss methods — consuming fewer calories and increasing physical activity.”
Tapeworms are parasitic flatworms that live in the digestive track of humans and animals. Exposure to a pork tapeworm can cause larval cysts in the brain, muscles, and just about anywhere else in the body.
In February 2010, there were reports of people in Hong Kong swallowing the eggs of parasitic Ascaris worms, which can grow up to 15 inches in length, in order to drop pounds, according to Today.
A century ago salesmen peddled tapeworm eggs in pill form as a weight loss aid, according to Quinlisk.
Dubai has launched a campaign to reward citizens for losing weight by giving them gold.
The campaign takes place at the same time as Ramadan, an Islamic holiday during which Muslims refrain from eating and drinking during hours of daylight for a month, according to XIN MSN News.
The name of the campaign is "Your Weight in Gold." The campaign promises that participants will receive one gram of gold for each 2.2. pounds of weight lost. Participants are disqualified from the program if they fail to lose more than 4.6 pounds by August 16, according to MSN Now.
Three participants with the greatest weight loss will win about $5,500, in the form of a gold coin.
Speculations about Dubai’s motives for the campaign include beliefs that Dubai is trying to discourage its citizens from overeating and indulging in food after dusk and that the city is trying to fight obesity.
Participants are required to promise not to attempt to drop pounds in unhealthy ways.
Scales have been installed in public parks for citizens to use to weigh themselves.
This infographic from Business Insider maps out the fittest cities in America, both in general and in terms of which type of exercise each one sees to the greatest extent.
The data used is as modern as it gets: cities have been ranked based information gathered through “the population's use of Facebook fitness apps, gym check-ins, and health-related status updates.”
Overall, it seems as though weather is by no means an exercise deterrent, though with summer nearly in full swing, there’s a lot more sunshine to take advantage of, and a lot more daylight to use for getting in some good workouts!
America’s Top 10 Fittest Cities:
1. Virginia Beach, Va.
2. Colorado Springs, Colo.
3. Austin, Texas
4. San Antonio, Texas
5. Livingston, N.J.
6. Portland, Ore.
7. El Paso, Texas
8. Oklahoma City, Okla.
9. Tacoma, Wash.
10. Albuquerque, N.M.
1. Dance: Oakland, Calif.
2. Yoga: Austin, Texas
3. Running: Oklahoma City, Okla.
4. Swimming: Tucson, Ariz.
5. Crossfit: El Paso, Texas
6. Health Club Use: Wichita, Kan.
7. Marathon Running: San Diego, Calif.
8. Biking: Minneapolis, Minn.
9. Triathlons: Grand Rapids, Mich.
10. Most Weight Loss: Livingston, N.J.
11. Most Adventurous: Chicago, Ill.
Source: Business Insider
Beverly Hills, California plastic surgeon Dr. Nikolas Chugay has developed a plastic "miracle patch," which is sewn onto the tongue and makes it very difficult to eat (video below).
After the tongue patch surgery, eating solid food is so painful that the patient must follow a liquid diet of 800 calories a day.
According to Dr. Chugay's website, the diet "fulfills nutritional needs" and "maximizes weight loss results."
The unusual procedure, which has yet to be approved by the FDA, can supposedly help people lose up to thirty pounds a month.
Some people have trouble sleeping and moving their tongue after the patch is sewn in, reports Time magazine.
The patch can only be worn for one month because the tongue's tissue grows back, and the patch could become part of the tongue, if not removed.
The patch is made from marlex, a plastic that is normally used to repair hernias.
The procedure costs $2,000 at Dr. Chugay's clinic, where 60 women have had it done since 2009.
The procedure is even more popular in Venezuela, where it only costs $150 and women flock to get patched.
In the study, researchers compared two groups of people that were involved in a weight loss program. One group was part of a group of five people who were all losing weight together. Every month, the group would be given $500 to split amongst themselves if they met or exceeded their goals.
The other group also consisted of five people, but in that group, each person was responsible for their own weight loss. If a person reached or exceeded their goal, they would be given $100.
All people involved were coworkers.
Surprisingly, the people in the group that split the money lost more weight.
It seemed group support likely helped the people in the first group shed the fat.
"What was really neat was my coworkers watched it coming off which was exciting," Starr Lynch said.
Lynch and her coworkers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia participated in the study.
The study found that those who were offered rewards based on the group's performance lost three times as much weight compared to those who were given rewards based on individual performance.
"No question, hands down the individuals in the group incentive did much better," Dr. David Asch said. "They lost about 10 onus, little more than 10 pounds on average."
"If you didn't lose the weight, and everyone else did, you would have this sort of unhappy circumstance of watching everyone else share the winnings you could have earned."
Though Starr has gained back 15 pounds since she participated in the program a year ago, she said it influenced how she ate in the future.
After the program finished, she earned more than $1,000 for her weight loss.
The study speaks of a recent trend in many offices where employers offer cash incentives to get their workers healthy. Soon, under the Affordable Care Act, employers will be able to offer their workers larger financial rewards for losing weight.