Tuesday, January 10, 2023

"My 600-lb Life" Brittani Fulfer shows joy of weight loss but also cost of obesity

Gastric bypass reality TV show "My 600-lb Life" alum Brittani Fulfer debuted (Facebook image) her jaw-dropping 333 pound weight loss recently in a swim suit and it's obvious that the formerly very overweight woman has made huge strides since the days of morbid obesity, thanks to "My 600-lb Life" gastric bypass surgeon Dr. Nowzaradan and his team. 

However, the cost of obesity are shown in the scars from knee surgery, that the "My 600-lb Life" participant had to undergo, after literally blowing out her knee from carrying around so much weight. I know how being overweight leads to such problems. I've been sharing how I lost 100 pounds, without gastric bypass, in this blog. And there are multiple health problems, diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, that I no longer have after weight loss. 

Does weight loss fix all chronic pain issues? No. Would that it did, but some, such as arthritis, scoliosis and tendinitis are structural and will probably never be completely healed. However, weight loss does improve them. And there is no health condition I know of that weight loss, if being overweight is a problem, won't help. 

It's not uncommon for people to blame overeating on pain issues. But the truth is, it's the other way around. The "elephant in the living room" as Alanon calls it, that we don't want to acknowledge, is that obesity damages our bodies. It's not the only thing, of course. I had to have shoulder surgery after getting to a normal weight, because of arthritis and that work I've done caused shoulder injury. Had I still been overweight, the recovery would have been more difficult. 

So I rejoice with Brittani Fulfer and anyone who has worked so hard to get better. And I urge anyone who is struggling with weight related issues and/or trying to lose weight to work that program. As Alanon says, practice makes better. Don't quit quitting. I'm rooting for you! 


(pictures are of my weight loss because I'm not

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