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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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The Embarrassing Fat Bodies team would like to thank:

BUPA Cromwell Hospital

Mr Ahmed R Ahmed, Consultant Bariatric Surgeon

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Hi im 28 and ive lost in total 9 stone.. av been left with alot of loose skin on ma tummy and its really getting me down. Av applied for a tummy tuck on thw nhs a few times and they keep saying no.. feel like a dont wanna live anymore am that embaraced of it. Please what can a do about this am so down about it feel like av lost all ma weight for nothing. Kept it all for 3 years xx





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hi , im 34 year old woman ive had 2 large babys by c, section my oldest is 14 my youngest is 12, ive been struggeling with my body for many years ,I hate looking in in the mirrow cos its descuts me, my tummy has I call a big smiley face it hangs over I have no confedence im always looking at my self in a negative way ! ;( I strugel in my relashionships I have sex with the lights off!! I do not feel sexy at all ive suferd with depreshion for nearly 12 years now ,ive been bk and forth to my gp !! at my biggest I was in a 22!! im now in 16/18 ive tried everything slimming pills exasise diating !! u name it iv dun it, i do not eat junk food no takeaways, choc or crisp no pop !! I am quit good with my eating I eat my veg and I love salad ;)im 5,5 and im 14/ half stone ;( I hate my self I hate the way I look !! ive tried so many times to save for an op but ive never managed it,i get that down there have been days I carnt be botherd to go out !! as ppl say I did not know u was having a baby ;( I say im not !! its remarks like that I wish I was as atleast I cud exsplain my big tummy im now in a new realation ship ive found someone who loves me but I do not love my self , ive seen your show so many times and wonderd do I ? don't I , I don't know who to ask for help no more my doc is not helping me in anyway ;( I need a life I need to b happy I wont to find my self again I miss been a size 12 /14 im crying writing this plz I need someone to help me many thanks xx ps sorry for my spelling xx





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Hang in there. Hold on. Help is on the way.

How can i find out what happened to Patience with the hernia and lymphodema after lockdown pleasr?





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Hi im 23 years old I have a 3 year old son who was born by section since I have lost a fair bit if weight but I am still left with a slightly hanging fold on my lower abdomen where my cesarean scar is im not a very heavy lady what can I do about its ruining my confidence x





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I'm 16 years old over weight I need help about my weight cause I think my weight is messing up my periods I haven't had one for at let 2 mouths?? I'm scared I won't be about to have kids and that when I'm older





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I am 63 yrs old am 16.stone 10 have a lot of health problems like high b p asthma and a secondary breast cancer in my right lung that's not operable on medication to prolong my life I've tried lots of diets but can't keep it up then weight goes back on I got funding once for gastric band but after one appointment to see a surgeon never got to see him again I really do need. Help to get weight off to help me live a lot longer if had the cancer over 18months and I am very well please Help





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How do I apply for a Gastric Bypass? I have been under the Specialist Weight Management Team for the last 12 months, and don't know how to go about it. my weight has been fluctuating.





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