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Topic : 01/29 Extreme Weight with the Doctors

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Created on : Friday, January 25, 2008, 01:18:26 pm
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The Doctors are in the house! Dr. Phil’s team of medical experts, including OB-GYN Lisa Masterson, family therapist Dr. Tara Fields, pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears, plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon, and E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork, come together to address some weighty topics. How many times have you tried to shed pounds but failed? Obesity in America is one of the fastest-growing epidemics. First, meet Kevin, a father and husband who weighs over 700 pounds and spends 95 percent of his day in bed. Cameras follow him on his first-ever plane trip, and you won’t believe what it takes to get a man of his size to the Dr. Phil studios. Will the journey pay off, or is this self-proclaimed food addict beyond help? Then, Alfreda was at one time considered obese at 350 pounds, but after bariatric surgery, she now weighs 175. Instead of feeling overjoyed at her dramatic weight loss, Alfreda struggles with rolls and rolls of extra skin. Can she get the body she wants by going under the knife? The Doctors speak candidly on these stories and the top health news of the day. Get in on the discussion!

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January 29, 2008, 2:18 pm CST

The inner person.

 Inside each of us is another person that wants to do right, but can't

From what I have seen here with this guy of 700 plus pounds will make it.

He is getting contacted with his inner person. But, will power has to come in play.

I think Dr Phil and his team should watch this guy all the way.

God Bless

Jeff

 
January 29, 2008, 2:32 pm CST

just keep trying

I could indentify with Kevin and his problems.  I'm a 53 year old mom who is morbidly obese and have quite a few medical problems(ie: diabetes, high blood pressure, severe arthritis).  I've tried many different things and found that support of others seems to work the best.  Weight Watchers worked very well until I lost my job then there was no money to go there.  The weight slowly crept back on.  But I keep trying because I want a life.  It's very easy to let the depression get you down and food becomes your only friend, your only pleasure in life.  Currently I'm struggling...any suggestions??

As

 
January 29, 2008, 2:32 pm CST

You go Carla!

Quote From: carlajean6

I'm a 42 year old divorced woman who has one adult son.  I began my journey in losing over 170 pounds in the past 16 months.  I've gone from a woman who had to buy all my clothes from the internet and online clothing stores because even Lane Bryant's sizes were much too small for me, to a woman who is now buying clothes in the Misses department at Kohl's, Belk's and "normal" department stores.  It's been an amazing transformation. 

 

I've gone from being a morbidly obese woman who has heard all my life "what a pretty face I have", to being a woman who actually manages to turn a few heads.  I've lost weight by sheer will, changing my life-style when it comes to food and how I view it, and exercising.  I now view food as a source of fuel to survive, as opposed to a source of comfort or the center of entertainment.  Exercising is not my  favorite thing, but once I put my little Reeboks on, my workout clothes, and hit the ground doing nothing less than 2 miles a day it's a GREAT feeling.  Less than two years ago I had to ask a stranger to go get my car in a hospital parking lot because I was unable to walk that far.  My back was so bad from carrying around all that weight.  Now I'm actually jogging and no more back problems. 

 

Are there issues with hanging skin?  Absolutely!!!!! I had beautiful "basketball legs" when I was younger.  Now the shape is back, but the skin on my upper inner thighs resembles that of an elephant.  My tummy is the same way.  I look in the mirror and am realistic about my progress.  But I'm scared and saddened by the hanging skin.  If I ever get serious with a man again will I be able to let him see me with no clothes on?  I don't know.  The thought is more than horrifying. 

 

I'm 5'9" and because I am reasonably attractive I do draw a little attention from time to time.  But I can't let anyone get close enough because of my skin.  But there is more to it than that.  There is a huge psychological change that comes with this big change.  I was used to being the wall flower socially when I was heavier.  Now, at 42, I don't know how to handle social settings as well as most people.  I'm certainly not at ease with ever being the center of attention. 

 

I don't have any answers.  But perhaps someday I'll be able to afford to have the outside fixed, while I continue working on the real part of me that matters, that's on the inside. 

 

Carla

Little Rock, AR

170 lbs in 16 months is an awesome achievment! I don't think you should worry too much about the excess skin at this point.

If you're wearing regular Misses clothes then you're looking just fine. When the right man comes along he will be a friend first and by the time you're undressing in front of him you will know that he will be happy with whatever he sees, just because it's you.

Take your time, so that your "inside" has time to adjust to your new "outside."

You do have a very pretty face!
 
January 29, 2008, 2:40 pm CST

DEAR Kevin

Hello,

 

I saw you on the Dr. Phil show today and something told me I should write.    My name is Brandy and I weigh about 350.  I too, was denied the bypass however it was due to my CP.  (Cerebral Palsy  Seeing you just gives me the strength to keep moving forward.   I wish you  all the luck in the world and I shall think of you daily.  If you can do it so can I.

 
January 29, 2008, 2:41 pm CST

did your dr. graduate at the bottom of the class

i could hardly watch the show because i was ecstatic over the opportunity to tell someone, anyone my  own personal experience with drs.. my son had a broken arm. a trip to the specialist revealed a very broken collar bone and sprained hand. one of many wrong diagnoses. my story. in may of 2000-1, my foot started aching. a month later it was aching all the time and i was limping. i went to an e.r. the dr. had -rays taken, nothing wrong. by july ,  my foot, leg, and shoulder were aching all the time  on  a scale of 1-10, a pain level 3. my gage for the scale was no pain - severe labor pains. a long story, shorter. by oct. it was my left foot, leg, butt, back, shoulder blade, arm, hand.  a pain level o 10.  from may to oct. e.r.doctor, primary care dr, walk-in-clinic dr. , neurologist, who sent me to a Nero- psychiatric doctor, the another e.r. doctor whom i asked to refer me to  a bone dr.  some of the drs. i saw offered pain medication all of them said it was psychological. there was nothing wrong with me.  i went to the obstetrician, he walked  into the room and ask, " how long has your neck been bothering you?" i replied, "my neck doesn't  hurt'".  the short of the long story, disc 3-4-5 in my neck, had completely dissolved.  by the time i got to the right dr., i was in a wheelchair,  i was so weak that a cigarettes felt heavy and i was unable to take care of myself. the pain was so severe that i was in and out of consciousness. i had gone from 140lbs.  to 120 .  a week after seeing the bone dr, a neurosurgeon put  three titanium baskets in the place where the disc had been.  a few weeks later my limbs and trunk would move involuntarily and violently without notice. i was in a 10 pain again. i went back to the surgeon who said, i do not know what is wrong with you, i didn't cause it. it is not my fault. you do not need to come back here again.  to shorten, moresymtoms more pain more drs. and then i finally was blessed with a dr. who told me the baskets had collapsed. he put in three cadava bones and some metal plates

 
January 29, 2008, 2:45 pm CST

dr graduated at the bottom of the class

i could hardly watch the show because i was ecstatic over the opportunity to tell someone, anyone my  own personal experience with drs.. my son had a broken arm. a trip to the specialist revealed a very broken collar bone and sprained hand. one of many wrong diagnoses. my story. in may of 2000-1, my foot started aching. a month later it was aching all the time and i was limping. i went to an e.r. the dr. had -rays taken, nothing wrong. by july ,  my foot, leg, and shoulder were aching all the time  on  a scale of 1-10, a pain level 3. my gage for the scale was no pain - severe labor pains. a long story, shorter. by oct. it was my left foot, leg, butt, back, shoulder blade, arm, hand.  a pain level o 10.  from may to oct. e.r.doctor, primary care dr, walk-in-clinic dr. , neurologist, who sent me to a Nero- psychiatric doctor, the another e.r. doctor whom i asked to refer me to  a bone dr.  some of the drs. i saw offered pain medication all of them said it was psychological. there was nothing wrong with me.  i went to the obstetrician, he walked  into the room and ask, " how long has your neck been bothering you?" i replied, "my neck doesn't  hurt'".  the short of the long story, disc 3-4-5 in my neck, had completely dissolved.  by the time i got to the right dr., i was in a wheelchair,  i was so weak that a cigarettes felt heavy and i was unable to take care of myself. the pain was so severe that i was in and out of consciousness. i had gone from 140lbs.  to 120 .  a week after seeing the bone dr, a neurosurgeon put  three titanium baskets in the place where the disc had been.  a few weeks later my limbs and trunk would move involuntarily and violently without notice. i was in a 10 pain again. i went back to the surgeon who said, i do not know what is wrong with you, i didn't cause it. it is not my fault. you do not need to come back here again.  to shorten, moresymtoms more pain more drs. and then i finally was blessed with a dr. who told me the baskets had collapsed. he put in three cadava bones and some metal plates

 
January 29, 2008, 3:00 pm CST

Give me a break......

I'm sorry, but you don't get to be that big from genetics or anything else. It's too bad the guy has no life and has ruined his son's. Take a look at the wife. She admits she feeds him and his addiction. Why? Because she "doesn't want to fight with him so she gives in". Give me a break! I am disabled,but I am not obese. I do not sit around feeling sorry for myself because I am in pain 24/7. I do not sit and feed my face and do not have someone here making food for me. I am 50 years old and worked from the age of 14 to 47. I understand being overweight. I understand addictions. I do not have sympathyfor ANYONE who REFUSES to get up off their asses and chooses to sit there feling sorry for themselves. This guy has more excuses and rationalizations for why he is obese, than he has a desire to change. He will sit and whine and die. How sad when we have thousandsof children STARVING TO DEATH EVERYDAY in the U.S. to listen to a disgusting excuse of "addiction" when a child could survive for a month on what this guy eats in 2 days. I admire anyone out there who has changed their lives. This man was too much and not in your league. Fix me, fix me, fix me  --  I don't WANT to fix myself so do it for me Dr. Phil! That's not how life works!
 
January 29, 2008, 3:06 pm CST

Weight Loss Systems...

Quote From: tlawson518

I am overweight by about 130# I am considering bypass surgery. Does anyone have any negative or positive thougts or feelings to share? I have tried every weight loss system there is. I am able to lose the weight but I always gain it back.

Thanks

From what you state, I would conclude that you haven't made the "lifestyle" change that all the professionals talk about.  If you diet, of course you will return to old habits and routines...One really simple lifestyle change - pick up a basic pedometer and walk 10,000 steps each and every day...It doesn't sound like it would take much to get to 10,000 - but even walking all day at work, I still have to add an addition 2 - 3 mile walk to get 5,000 steps!   One day at a time!  Good Luck!
 
January 29, 2008, 3:07 pm CST

700 lb man

The man hasen't worked for 5 years, is he on welfare? If so how does he buy the foods he gorges on? Most of them are not available with welfare stamps.
 
January 29, 2008, 3:21 pm CST

kevin

I was so touched watching Kevin's story  today.  Obesity is so hard to live with . It affects everything you do. I think what affected me the most about you today was your eyes. There was so much desperation there but I also saw  hope. You can do this!! This is going to be the fight of your life but remember you have alot of supporters out here.  You made the first step!! Great job. Please don't give up. Take it one day at a time and if you do slip up..that's okay..just realize it and march on. Hold your head high. You are somebody . I have alot of admiration for you .  Congratulations and good luck!!!
YOU CAN DO IT!!!!
 
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