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Not New News, But Still Unbelievable: The Man That Eats 33,000 Calories A Day

July 19, 2011

On this weeks installment of “Not New News, But Still Unbelievable” we are featuring a clip from a TLC show aired in 2009 that followed and interviewed four “super morbidly obese” people who “have a combined weight of 2,379 pounds yet they find it impossible to stop eating. One of them has the capacity to binge eat over 33,000 calories a day–that’s 13 times more than the average man. They are all food addicts, driven by a compulsive need to fill their bodies with lethal amounts of it.”

This is seriously painful to watch, but I find it very important for this reason: I have noticed in online discussion forums and in the comments sections of articles about obesity that many if not most seem to argue that obesity is not a disease but a choice. It is commonly accepted that eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are diseases, and I just don’t see how you can argue that these “super morbidly obese” people are not suffering from diseased mindsets and diseased bodies. The food that they are putting into their bodies is killing them–“swelling their livers, putting strain on their hearts, making them immobile”–and yet they keep eating and eating, regardless of this indisputable fact. And with all the additives and preservatives and chemicals that are put in our food these days, how can we not see that it is a diseased mindset that would keep putting this food into ones body leading ultimately to ones painful and miserable demise?

I appreciate the way that the TLC documentary handles this issue, as they explain “the body is shutting down because of obsessive love of high fat foods” and that “the sheer volume of food they consume is killing them, yet if they quit altogether they will die.” It is truly a tragic and sick situation (one which I think is a strong argument for taxing and fining these major food corporations that produce and market such terrible terrible toxic crap that people are putting in their bodies and becoming addicted to) when the 33,000 calorie man states “One you eat, everything goes away: all the headaches, all the pain, all the misery”…and yet cannot even move himself any more.

Here’s another TLC clip solely featuring one of the above people, who is close to 1000 pounds. Ugh, this is truly a tragedy.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. sexy curmudgeon permalink
    July 19, 2011 1:58 pm

    I absolutely agree – the British show ” super size versus super skinny” -while truly horrific – does do one positive thing, which is that it equates the eating disorders of dangerously overweight people with those of dangerously underweight people. While a tv show is not the way to treat these diseases, both need to be treated with equal severity.

  2. July 19, 2011 2:06 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while but haven’t had the opportunity to comment until now. This is a really interesting, but alarming, post. Thank you for sharing this!

  3. July 19, 2011 4:23 pm

    Obviously, the small percentage of people who gorge to 500+ lbs are suffering from a severe psychological disorder and a phsiological condition that enables them to do so. The 250-lb. housewives waddling around the mall munching on Cinnabon and guzzling Coolattas…not so much. Obesity is a relative term, unfortunately, now that it has been “normalized” as such, and for the vast majority of those lugging around 50+ extra pounds it IS a lifestyle choice, not a legitimate medical condition.

  4. fedora permalink
    August 2, 2011 3:33 am

    I think this show is more about addiction than obesity. It is not about them just enjoying food a lot, they are incapable of not consuming mass amounts, just like a drug addict can’t stop taking drugs. TLC now has a show called my strange addiction- that shows people eating inedible things, like rocks or dryer sheets. Their is a glitch in the brain, and in these people’s cases you can see it in how heavy they are but lots of people suffer from similar issues with different symptoms and signs. Too criticize them for this is very sad. They are not just being glutinous, there is something seriously wrong inside.


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