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Did anyone watch this show on TLC last night? I feel asleep during the last 15 mins and I was wondering what happened to the woman!

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I know of the doc "Half Ton Mum" but I don't know if that's the one you mean.

She ate a dinner mint and exploded.

Oh wait...that was Monty Python.

No, but seeing the 10,000 cal/day show on TLC 2 yrs ago or so is what led me to cc in the first place!  Remember that?  Seeing that 900lb man in bed sucking the grease off chicken bones grossed me out.

Anyway, what was the 1/2 ton lady show about?  Was she losing weight?

i saw it, and got impatient at the 15 minutes left mark, but i finished watching it. the operation was a success, and she'd managed to lose 60 pounds over the first two weeks. unfortunately, she went into cardiac arrest shortly thereafter, and died of a heart attack.

i was crushed; i was so looking forward to them showing her, three years later, all healthy and happy with her kids. sadly, she never got to that point.

Original Post by dalmalama:

i saw it, and got impatient at the 15 minutes left mark, but i finished watching it. the operation was a success, and she'd managed to lose 60 pounds over the first two weeks. unfortunately, she went into cardiac arrest shortly thereafter, and died of a heart attack.

i was crushed; i was so looking forward to them showing her, three years later, all healthy and happy with her kids. sadly, she never got to that point.

 Oh wow... I sort of suspected she might not make it. I mean, she would have to lose like 700 lbs! Even then, she'd have to relearn how to walk, eat, etc. It would be a huge task.

plus, when you have that much weight to lose and you lose it fast, the body can go into shock, b/c it can't handle such a drastic change. maybe that's what happened w/ her. most doctors wouldn't have performed the surgery on her b/c she weighed so much. but the center she went to specializes in cases like hers. she was unfortunately on the bad side of the odds.

Yeah, I watched both the half ton mom and the half ton dad.  I was surprised that the hospital didnt try to achieve some supervised weight loss with the woman, prior to the surgery.    The Dr.s on Big Medicine also operate on the high risk patients and usually try to get them to lose some weight first- which is what they did with the half ton man.  He lost 400 lbs prior to surgery and had a successful outcome. 

why do you need surgery for someone that heavy?... just withhold ONE of the many many buckets of butter they eat a day and they will lose weight fast.

She dies at the end due to cardiac arrest, her heart could not take the straine from the surgery

I've seen a bunch of those "half-ton" programs and what i always wonder is why their family members continue to bring that food to them.

When they reach a point where they physically can't get out of bed their family members can just hand them a salad and take away their cell phone so they can't order out.


I suppose it would be emotionally difficult to deny food because they obviously love them, but ultimately situations like this result where they attempt risky surgery and die!

It's all so sad.

Original Post by jetswings:

I've seen a bunch of those "half-ton" programs and what i always wonder is why their family members continue to bring that food to them.

Do you know, I wonder the exact same thing!  In a lot of cases I wonder if it's turned into a kind of 'Munchausen's Syndrome'.  Keeping someone as a dependent infant by over-feeding them to the point that they are immobile.   However, in one documentary I saw, the bedridden man was a total bully.... if his wife didn't feed him his favourites he was verbally very abusive.   Even after he'd had operations and was a little more mobile she seemed terrified of him.

Original Post by jetswings:

I've seen a bunch of those "half-ton" programs and what i always wonder is why their family members continue to bring that food to them.

When they reach a point where they physically can't get out of bed their family members can just hand them a salad and take away their cell phone so they can't order out.


I suppose it would be emotionally difficult to deny food because they obviously love them, but ultimately situations like this result where they attempt risky surgery and die!

It's all so sad.

 I've watched a few of those programs too and have noticed one thing.  The obese person is always very good at either manipulating or bullying others into getting them what they want.  They lay a guilt or fear trip on their caretakers and are frighteningly persistant. They are either so nice and sweet that people want to "help" them, or they are nasty and depend on a spouse or children who they have beaten down over the years until they have no self esteem left. I find it very hard to watch and now avoid these shows. 

I did watch Ruby (new show on Style Network) and was surprised at how they approached the problem.  She's an almost 500 pound woman with a positively glowing personality and inner beauty.  She is surrounded by friends who just adore her.  They really did explore the enabling that goes on.  She admitted that she turns into a "beast" when she wants something and doesn't get it right away.  Also, she seems to have had that epiphany needed to take things into her own hands and accept full responsibility for her condition.  I think this one is going to be different.

Original Post by clairelaine:

I did watch Ruby (new show on Style Network) and was surprised at how they approached the problem. She's an almost 500 pound woman with a positively glowing personality and inner beauty. She is surrounded by friends who just adore her. They really did explore the enabling that goes on. She admitted that she turns into a "beast" when she wants something and doesn't get it right away. Also, she seems to have had that epiphany needed to take things into her own hands and accept full responsibility for her condition. I think this one is going to be different.

 

Yes!! I watch Ruby too! I love that show. I think she's just wonderful and downright beautiful! Her show is different than those other programs. I can't wait to see how well she does with her weight loss.

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