Embarrassing Fat Bodies: Between the Sheets
First into the clinic is 27 year old newlywed Michael, whose 37 stone weight is crushing his hopes for the future. He’s all too aware that his weight and lifestyle are most likely leading him to an early grave. Michael’s body mass index (BMI), a weight-to-height ratio used to calculate obesity, is a whopping 60. A healthy BMI should be somewhere from 18 to 25. Michael’s BMI catapults him a long way into the morbidly obese category, so its no surprise he’s got problems down below. A large pad of fat on his front is a real inconvenience for Michael during moments of intimacy. On top of this, obesity-related issues like high blood pressure and diabetes fur up and weaken blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the penis and preventing an erection. In fact, erectile dysfunction is two and a half times more likely to happen to obese men than those with a healthy weight.
Dr Christian feels surgery is Michael’s best hope, but only if he quits smoking. After being nicotine-free for two months, Michael sees a specialist to find out whether he’s suitable for surgery. A gastric bypass is performed, drastically limiting the amount of food the stomach can hold and digest. The intestines are then rerouted, avoiding the largest part of the stomach and restricting the number of calories the body can absorb.
Four months later Michael has lost a dramatic eight stone, looking and feeling better. Quitting smoking has seen his general health take a dramatic upturn, while his sex life is becoming less of a logistical challenge. By stopping smoking and shedding weight, Michael can now focus his energies on starting a family.
The Embarrassing Fat Bodies team would like to thank:
Spire Roding Hospital
Mr Kesava Mannur, Consultant Surgeon
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