My friend Rick, weighed over 800 lbs and got around fine. He even drove a small car; although, the steering wheel was pinned into his stomach. He had a gastro-intestinal bypass and is now down to around 260 lbs. My current boyfriend is 320 lbs or so but he is fairly tall (6’3").
I had a big argument on a mailing list I belong to about fat people. I know this is off topic, but it basically stated that being fat is not the problem. Being sedentary is. Most of the supposedly fat related diseases don’t stem from being overweight but from not moving around. Another poster said that all fat men were impotent, which just isn’t true. I posted several links stating otherwise. If anyone is interested, I will post them here.
I also find it very rude to make fun of fat people in any way. Severely obese people don’t choose to be that way. Usually being severely overweight (500+lbs) is a result of glandular problems like diabetes or genetics. Studies have shown that people can breed genetically fat rats and mice. History proves that we can raise genetically fat pigs. (Wild pigs are significantly thinner than domestic pigs.) So being fat is not really a choice. Of course exercise and diet can allow people to lose weight, but overall dieting is not really good for you. Most (not all) diets require that you lower your caloric intake to below 900 calories a day. That is below the point where your body goes into starvation mode and will start consuming itself (fat, bone, and muscle). I know that is the point of dieting, but after a person ends the diet, the body thinks it should save up more fat than it had before so it won’t starve again. That is why most people who end a diet gain back the weight they lost and in many cases more. If you really want to lose weight, the best way is to have a normal caloric intake (around 2000 or so) and do some moderate exercising (like walking a couple miles a day). If you want to be in a body builder shape, do all the requisite exercises, but many body builders bulk up and have diets that far excede anything that the majority of the fat people I know eat (5000+ calories). I must point out that most of the large people I know eat less than I typically do. My current boyfriend, eats two mid sized meals a day and drinks 2 20 oz diet cokes. He doesn’t eat dessert usually, and doesn’t snack throughout the day. I typically eat more than him at any sitting. Also, we walk a lot, sometimes swim, and rollerblade. He is pretty healthy overall and has just as much stamina, if not more, than I do. All this said, He still does not lose weight. This is because he has a glandular problem (diabetes) not because he is overfed. (Like I said earlier, he eats less than me, usually.) I see how in some extreme cases it could be be a family problem as TennHippie suggested, but this is not really the norm for moderately obese people.
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