The man in the video is terminally obese. Yes, you can get so fat that it can kill you. He has gotten so fat that he can’t get out of bed. He can’t even roll over of he might suffocate. You can barely see his head because there is so much fat around his neck. If doesn’t loose a lot of eight soon, he will die.
Billions of dollars are spent each year on supplements and special diets that are designed to help us lose weight, but even though we are obsessed with losing weight in this country, we keep getting fatter and fatter. Right now we Americans are the fattest people on earth.
The latest theory on obesity is that it may be genetic in origin. It may have even helped our ancient ancestors survive. Back in the stone age food was scarce and people went for long periods without eating. Those who could easily store their calories as body fat survived better than those who were skinny. If you are fat gaining weight means that your ancestors survived to produce fat offspring. Its’ the law of natural selection.
But today we no longer need body fat to survive. In most countries where obesity is a problem (like ours) there is more than enough food to go around. All we have to do to get calorie heavy fat-laden food is drive to the nearest McDonald’s.
Other countries don’t see to have the same obesity problem as we do. Take France, for example, just look at the difference in weights. Even though they eat a lot of fat laden- food, they also drink wine with every meal and take the time to enjoy it. They don’t run around like we do and gobble down fast food.
England doesn’t seem to have a weight problem either, but as more and more fast food and soft drink corporations change the diet of people in other countries, obesity will become a larger and larger problem.
When all else fails in an effort to lose weight, sometimes patients have to undergo surgery. One of the most popular forms of surgery is reducing the size of the stomach by tyeing off part of it. This is called bariatric or weight loss surgery. It seems to be getting more and more popular in England.
According to Medical News Today: “The number of NHS operations for bariatric or weight loss surgery has increased tenfold in England since 2000 say researchers, who suggest the main reason is because obese patients are more aware of it as a viable treatment option.”
Currently thee are three types of weight loss surgery: primary gastric bypass, where the surgeon will reroute part of the small intestine, gastric banding, a procedure where the surgeon reduces the size of the stomach with a band, and sleeve gastrectomy, where the surgeon will actually remove part of the stomach. These procedures are pretty extreme ways to lose weight, but sometimes they are necessary to save the patient’s life.