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Mystery Disease

I have a co-worker who is moderately slender all over but has a fat stomach that makes her look pregnant. So pregnant that delivery guys have asked when is she due and people on the train have offered their seat to her because they think she is pregnant.

I don't see her eat a lot of food at work. Coffee in the morning, lunch at around 1:30 pm and then tea afterwards. nothing else. She has been like this for the 2 years that I've worked here and even longer. Does anyone have a clue as to what illness can cause that?

Tue. Jul 17, 8:34am

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i don't know the answer to your question, but it clearly sounds like you're suffering from being nosy.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 9:03 AM

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Has she had children? Sounds like it could be that Distassi Recti (sp)thing where your tummy muscles "give" during pregnancy. Just a guess.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 9:40 AM

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9:03 AM

this is a very open office and after a couple of years of working with someone you get to know some of their habits. If I was as nosy as you say, I would have asked her.

So shut UP

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 12:30 PM

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9:40 AM

No, she has no children

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 12:31 PM

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If you read posts from the many threads on this site, you will see that one theme that winds its way through most discussions is how self-conscious we are about our appearance.

The woman in your office is probably self-conscious about her own body shape which may or may not be due to some health ailment.

She has apparently chosen not to discuss this personal matter with you, yet you persist in getting to the bottom of it - even to the point of writing about the poor woman on the internet.

How unfortunate that your own life is so empty and that your employer has so little work you're able to do that you have time to sit around and stare at others all day.

I feel very sad for you.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 12:46 PM

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Strange topic. Anyway, I have had a couple of friends/acquaintences with a similar phenotype and they had ovarian cancer (the tumor was so large it swelled the abdomen). But it's hard to speculate in a situation like this, especially as it's ... well, pure speculation without getting to know someone well enough to find out what is going on!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 12:52 PM

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I'm not posting her name or image so what is your problem? Yes she is self-conscious so is everyone. She has made remarks about her belly several times and told me these stories. I don't stare at her by the way. i've worked with her for a couple of years I would think that one would notice these things about a co-worker.

I'm curious and there is nothing wrong with asking others. If you can't answer the question just go to another thread. Why is it that when you ask a question there is also someone that wants to jump off topic?

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 1:41 PM

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It might just be her body shape. I have a friend who is a total apple-skinny legs, skinny arms, no butt-but large breasts and a big belly. She gets asked all the time when she is due. It's sad! She doesn't eat horrible but she doesn't exercise and she drinks a moderate amount of beer. I don't think it's a mystery disease.

Does your coworker have a lot of stress in her life (work, home or otherwise)? When we are stressed out, we produce cortisol and when this happens often we accumulate fat in our abdomen which increases our risk for cardiovascular events, which is why it is so important to reduce stress in our lives, or learn to handle it better.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 1:43 PM

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 1:52 PM

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Ignoring 1:52 PM

To 1:43 PM

She does tend to stress out very easily and she hates it when people tell her to relax. I've known her for 2 years and she was like this before I started at this job, but she didn't always look like that. But that could be it.


Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 2:12 PM

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