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Morbid Obesity

Morbid Obesity

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Morbid obesity occurs when a person’s body mass index rises over 40, and results from the body being unable to burn off enough calories to prevent fat cells forming. The difference between regular obesity and morbid obesity is not just the increased weight or size, but also the remedies that can be made to treat it. For the morbidly obese it can be very difficult to lose weight with exercise alone. A heavily restricted diet is required, and when willpower fails, other remedies can be explored. The most extreme of these is surgery – something that will only be considered in rare cases, and when other methods have already failed. There are also some medications that can change the way that the body stores fat, encouraging more of it to be passed out of the body as waste.

Some people are genetically pre-disposed to obesity, either through a naturally higher appetite, or through a genetic makeup that means that the body stores fat more easily than other people. Even so, it is relatively rare for a person’s body weight not to respond to a healthy diet and sensible exercise.

Low-intensity exercise, such as yoga, can be a great way to kick off your weight loss journey. You can watch a yoga weight loss tutorial video here >

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My name is lucy I'm 44 yrs old and weigh 20 st. It started in 2009 size 16 I slipped a disc in my lower back,I had a disectomy Nov 09 unfortunately it failed,I'm left with severe pain in my low back and down right leg and foot. I have been going regularly to the pain clinic ì was put on morphine gabapentin nortriptyline peeicyazine clonazepam as well as injections in my spine after a few years they took me off morphine and replaced with methadone. I have joined slimming world and lost about 1 st .my knees have arthritis and I'm too fat to be operated on, I have limited mobility and crying out for help with my weight ,apparently half of my medication has weight gain, at present I am not having any help today I was told by my consultant that to better my mobility is to have a mobility scooter ,I fill gutted and left depressed and over wit with no help. Please help.





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Hi. I am 53 years old and I am 4`11 tall. I weigh 267 pounds. After walking about 15 feet I have to stop and rest because I get so out of breath. Last time I had my blood pressure checked it was 189/100. People make comments like I don't need to lose weight because I'm not married or just eat whatever I like as long as I feel good and I enjoy it. I have leg lymphodema as a result of the weight. This is no life. I feel like nobody really cares about my health or if I weigh 100 or 500 pounds...like I don't really matter. So I binge.





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Hey i fell pregnant when I was 16 but only made 23 weeks since then I'm now 23 and had twins a year ago but ever since my first pregnancy I've found it impossible to loose wieght with different shakes and healthy eating even did the full shaun t insanity which was fun but no results and now I'm finding so hard to get under 17.5 stone has anyone got any advice





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I lost about 60 pounds by eating low glycemic index foods and increasing exercise. The diet pushes your eating away from simple carbohydrates like sugar and toward vegetables and other calorie less dense foods. The University of Sydney has a great website. Www.glycemicindex.com





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Hi my names is Donna chadwick I am 38 years old and weigh over 30 stone I need help surgery or some help to change my life I have recently lost my job due to asthma attacks I have been having I feel like an old person I am not very mobile and binge eat I am going to kill myself if I don't get help but don't know who to turn to please help





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Hello. I desperately need help. I am a single mother of one beautiful daughter. I am 30 years old and I weigh 18 stone 9 pounds. Before I got pregnant five years ago I was 10 stone. I am very very unhappy, I hate my reflection, I've tried every diet there is and I continue to gain rather than loose the weight. Now my health is declining and I'm all my daughter has in the world. Please please help me.





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I am a 43 year old mother of 2 and about 5 stone over and would like some help I eat well get a reasonable amount of exercise I a have been 2 docs and bought pills my self but nothing seems 2 work battled with my weight all my life please help





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hi im 17 year old female and i am 5 ft 6 inches and 18 and a half stone in weight. im considerable overweight for my age andhight. i was skinny untill i was 10 then my weight went bad from there. when i was 14 i weighed 13 stone and it keeps going up. i have tried hunger strike dieting and tablets but noting seems to work , i wont my life back . it affects my love life because i havent had a boyfriend scince i was 14. what can i do now?





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hi im a 45 yr old woman iv been overweight for a long time now my b.m.i is 62 im 27 stone and im really unhappy iv tryed to do samethink about it but nothink my DR told me im not fat eunff yet to have the op i can walk for long im house baone i dont have friends and i dont go out no more my life is not a life the only ppll i see are my kids thay do everythink for me its came to the point that i dont want to live im down all the time i really do need help but i cant get it now im founding it hard to breath plz help me your my last hope my name is sev thank you .





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I have heard of people having bariatric surgery at 25 stone. Go back to the doctor and ask again to be referred to a consultant. If he says no then change your doctor. I am 40 and 21 stone with back problems not connected and it does get you down. Every day can be a struggle but you have to take it a day at a time and enjoy the day and the people who love you and know that today is a new day and we can fight this. We are beautiful and we are loved and we can succeed. All the best, Helen

Hi iv done all that hun I really have all I need is help thank you for your sweet words but hun you see I dont have friends no more as thay was no friends thay used me but thats samethink else I have a B m I of 62 im ill all the time I have thyroid problems to im just geting bigger by the day im on tablets for this I go to hospital every 4 months or so to be seen all thay do take my blood than thats it nothink eles I feel so frustrated its not good iv asked the Dr if I can have this op thay said yes coz my B M I is so high but when I go to seen my Dr he she tells me its to much paper work thay just dont want to do it this haves been so hard for me its hard coz I don't go out I have panic attacks so much I really dont no how much I can take of this thats why I left this message on here for help oi need to get my life back to live again to walk with out setting down every 5 minits if there is any one out there that can help plzz help me get my self back .

Hello. Im am currently at 18sstone I have dieted I eat quite healthy foods and drink nothing but water. But still It is impossible to lose weight. I had my child when I was 25 3 years ago and cannot shift my over hanging stomache its got to a point where I am struggling to look at myself in the mirror and my doctor wont help me! Im really down and miserable. I need help for my daughters sake. Please help





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