Embarrassing Fat Bodies: Overeaters
Super Morbid Obesity
Meet Mike, a man firmly in the super morbidly obese category. He weighs 40 stone or around 256 kilograms, making him about 28 stone heavier than he’d ideally be. Mike’s BMI of 85 is amongst the highest ever seen on Embarrassing Bodies, and as he eats around 6000 calories per day, he’s unlikely to return to a healthier BMI without some help. Exercising is almost impossible, so a drastic dietary change is needed.
Dr Dawn visited Mike at home and was alarmed at Mike’s lack of mobility. Circulatory problems have left him with swollen ankles, he becomes short of breath very easily and the friction on his fatty overhangs is causing infected sores on his skin. He also suffers from sleep apnoea, a common complaint in overweight people.
The doctor’s decision is that surgery is Mike’s only viable option. It’s a calculated risk: Mike’s size makes him vulnerable to all manner of complications, and his sheer size means any operation won’t be straightforward.
Mike meets Mr Shaw Somers, an expert in the super morbidly obese and specialist bariatric surgeon. Mr Somers is prepared to perform a gastric bypass procedure, so Mike enters the hospital to undergo the op. During the operation it becomes clear that Mike has an enormous amount of excessive internal fat, and he urgently needs this treatment.
Four weeks after the operation Mike comes to visit Dr Pixie at the clinic. In that short space of time he’s lost four stone, or 10% of his total weight. He’s now eating a tiny fraction of his previous diet, and is prepared for a couple of years of hard work in exchange for a brand new life.
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