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1000 pound man, 600 something pound woman

Did any of your watch this show? Fascinating, talking about how food IS an addiction for some of these very heavy people. Also, genetic factors that once helped us survive famine, are now killing us. Some of us really are genetically programmed to eat when we are full, and keep eating. I'm not saying these are excuses, just obstacles that make it more difficult for some to overcome, though it is possible.

Mon. Jun 5, 6:31am

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I saw this - it was one of the saddest things I've ever seen. I absolutely cannot imagine how someone could let themselves get this way, which is why I agree that it must be an addiction - a behavior that they just cannot control.

I know how hard it can be to turn down a piece of cake or a bowl of chips, but you'd think if you were so heavy that you are unable to walk it would be a necessary action. But that just did not seem to be the case with these people.

Monday, June 05, 2006, 9:32 AM

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i watch these two shows everytime they're on. it stresses me out b/c i think "that could be ME" - i don't pity them or ask "how can they do that", i'm just eternally grateful that something stops me... i know w/o that "something" i could be just like them!

Monday, June 05, 2006, 9:38 AM

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I watched it last night was just telling hubby about them. It sure was a eye opener for me. That could have been me 5 years from now. My question is why did the man who weighed 1/2 ton wife do something about it or the 627 pound sister? I know my family or husband would have said something long time ago about my weight. I can't imagine staying in bed for years only watching TV, plus his wife fed him in bed. I probably would have told him to get up and get his own food. Oh well. I'm just glad they finally did something about it before it's too late.

Monday, June 05, 2006, 10:29 AM

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I haven't seen either show-- is it on cable? (I don't have cable.)

What really makes me wonder is how the friends and family enable these people who are so overwhelmingly obese?

It seems to me that whomever is brinigng them food must not be helping them in any way....

The other thing is that someone who is that tremendously overweight must have realized at 1 point (before being bed-ridden, which I assume they both are), that they had a problem... Did they not have access to a doctor or someone who could help them with their obesity?

If their family is continuing to feed them unhealthy foods (even after they have become bedridden), then shame on them (the family)! They are not "loving" the people but contributing to their death in the long run!

Monday, June 05, 2006, 3:33 PM

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Yes, the enablers. Sometimes they are children, who are trained this way. The 1000 pound man had his wife trained. It appeared that he would get very angry with her if she didn't get him what he wanted. Think about it, he was huge when she married him, so there was something about him that attracted a person like that, who would just do what he wanted. Some enablers want to be needed, like secretly to be the caretaker. Changing the situation might mean that the food addicted person didn't need them any more, it might upset the arrangement.

I know, it's hard to imagine that anyone would stand there and get these people the huge quantities of food they demand, but I can relate a little. I had an aunt who had had severe strokes, and wanted me to get bring her cigarettes. Well, I hated it, those cancer and stroke sticks which ultimately killed her 20 years before she should have died, but what could I do? If I didn't help her she would get someone else to get her some. Maybe I might do it differently now.

I think about these people and think thank God, I have not gotten to that. But that is probably my problems with food just amplified five times.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006, 4:41 AM

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