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Entries in Obesity (12)
This may look like the start of a post documenting the before and after photo showing dramatic weight loss, a transformation to a healthier way of life and well-being. Unfortunately this isn't that story.
This story is however a before and after of sorts. The before is a lady who is currently 52 stone (728 lbs / 330 kg) who wishes to get to 57 stone (796lbs / 362kg ) by the end of 2012 and has the goal of beating the world record for a woman of 115 Stones (1610lbs / 730kg). Her starting point is morbid obesity
Yes that's right, she wants to more than double her weight. To achieve her goal (the - after) could well lead to ill health or even death.
Here's a few quotes:
‘I'd love to find out if it's humanly possible to reach a ton’
‘If I was to get sick, I've arranged for my sister to take care of my kids.'
‘I go for a waddle and do stretches and exercises every day,’ she said. 'My muscles need to hold up to my weight, so I have to stay strong.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2026964/Susanne-Emans-bid-worlds-fattest-woman-52st-mother-2-supersizing.html
The one thing that startles me is that she eats on a daily basis more than the recommended calorie intake for 11 women and her monthly shop with her 2 boys takes up to 8 hours. As she states - ‘It's like a full day's work!'
Do you know a bulging waistline has a host of wealth problems?
Men with a waistline of greater than 40 inches (100cm) and women with a waistline greater than 35 inches (89cm) have a significantly increased risk of cancer, type II diabetes and heart disease. Currently 32% of men in the UK have a waistline exceeding 40 inches.
The correct method to measure the circumference around the waist is the midpoint between the top of the hips and the bottom of the rib cage (usually just above the belly button).
So why is this measurement relevant?
Fat that resides in the torso surrounding internal organs is known as visceral fat. Visceral fat is toxic, inflammatory and metabolically active. Excessive visceral fat is one risk factor associated with heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Current research suggests that waist size is a more accurate predictor of future disease risk than body weight. This view is endorsed by the British Heart Foundation, World Health Organisation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK.
Quote from Cancer Research UK: "Being overweight or obese increases the risk of at least seven types of cancer. The 2nd highest risk factor after smoking."