Monday, September 07, 2009
While we usually don't post on holidays such as today, I just had to share the fascinating shows I watched last night.
For some reason, the Learning Channel had a barrage of shows dealing with obesity. Three of these were particularly interesting as they dealt with the struggles of life among the most obese individuals in the world. The shows focused on the late Renee Williams, apparently the heaviest woman in the world (980 lbs), Kenneth Brumley, the heaviest man in the world (1035 lbs), and Billy Robbins, the heaviest teenager (838 lbs). In addition to all being massively obese, they all resided in Houston, Texas. However, they were not in any way related to one another.
In each one of these cases, the individuals were removed from their homes (walls had to come down) and taken to hospitals in an effort to help them lose weight. All 3 underwent gastric bypass surgery - a very risky procedure in such individuals. Withink 2 weeks of the surgery, sadly, Renee Williams, 29, and mother of 2, died of a heart attack. However, from what I can gather both Kenneth and Billy have recovered well from the surgery and have lost a tremendous amount of weight. Rather than going through each of these cases, I have provided YouTube links below to 2 of these individuals (for some reason YouTube would not allow me to imbed the videos here).
What are your reactions to these videos? Does it surprise you that a human body can gain that much excess adipose tissue and keep living? Is it coincidental that all of these individuals resided within the same city?
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