Embarrassing Fat Bodies: Layers of Fat
Morbid Obesity Complications
At 43 years old and 33 stone in weight, Sara knows that she needs to lose a lot of her excess fat. She also knows that it’s potentially a matter of life and death. Sara suffers from type two diabetes, arthritis in both knees, high blood pressure and asthma. Dr Pixie examines her food diary and it makes for grim reading, with crisps and chocolate dominating. A fundamental change in lifestyle is needed, and soon.
Sara’s body mass index (BMI) of 66 puts her deep into the morbidly obese category. Find out your own BMI using the My Healthchecker BMI test >
Another potential problem is Sara’s very real risk of developing venous leg ulcers due to poor circulation, with her extra fat putting pressure on the veins in her legs and ankles.
Specialists decide that Sara’s best bet is gastric surgery. Before she can have this, she needs to go on a strict diet in order to shrink her liver and reduce the amount of fat around her organs. Her surgeon decides on a gastric sleeve operation, which reduces the size of Sara’s stomach by around 80%. This will have the welcome effect of reducing her ability and desire to eat large amounts of food.
Six months after the surgery, Sara has lost six stone. Her BMI has dropped to 53. This still isn’t a great score, but is a dramatic drop in such a small space of time. Sara’s waistline is shrinking, and should continue to do so.
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