Embarrassing Fat Bodies Episode 4
Low Male Fertility
Obesity has quadrupled in the last 25 years causing a fertility crisis. Robert and his wife have been trying to have a baby, but Robert has discovered that he has a sperm count of nearly zero and this has been caused by his weight. At 34 stone, Robert’s obese body has increased production of oestrogen, the female hormone, and reduced production of testosterone, the male hormone. This means the sperm he produces are fewer, abnormal or mutated. To create sperm the testicles need to be at a lower temperature than the rest of the body, but hidden beneath all his fat, Robert’s testicles are practically being cooked. Dr Christian takes Robert’s BMI, which is a staggering 63, and says that fertility is the least of his problems. With Robert’s weight at such a dangerous level he is sent for Gastric Sleeve surgery – surgery that reduces his stomach to a quarter of its original size. Since the surgery Robert has lost four and a half stone, reducing his BMI to 54.3.
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