Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Obesity Body Scan

This body scan shows the fat distribution of a 250 lb woman vs. a 120 lb woman. Notice that the internal fat that can't be seen with the eye is quite different. There is fat around the heart and though out the abdomen. The liver (upper right side of abdomen) is enlarged with fat. This is called "fatty liver" and can cause liver failure. The bones and joints of the legs are showing the effects of the extra weight.

Obesity is a significant medical condition. We know that fad diets do not work. Quick weight loss schemes are ineffective at keeping weight off. Bariatric surgery is one of the fastest growing elective surgeries in the U.S. This person could lose significant weight if she restricted all white, processed foods including sugar.

This photo says it all.

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Wow, that's messed up to say the least. Seeing the fat around the heart and liver is definitely reason to stay in shape.

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WOW, what a great diet incentive to lose weight and never get to this point. It looks like that must make it difficult for the organs to function correctly and process blood to circulate as well as it should.

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I can't believe I used to look like that. NEVER AGAIN!!!

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