Ron Lester and morbid obesity

Ron Lester before and after weight loss surgery.

Ron Lester was a Hollywood actor who became famous for playing Billy Bob, the 500-pound high school football player in the 1999 blockbuster movie, Varsity Blues.   He also starred on the WB Television series, Popular.   At age 30, after his massive obesity had caused him to have four arthroscopic knee surgeries and two “mild” heart attacks, he had gastric bypass surgery and eventually lost 349 pounds, going from 508 pounds down to 159 pounds.  After that, he had 17 plastic surgeries to remove his excessively-stretched skin.  In 2008, he was the keynote speaker at the ObesityHelp National Conference.  In 2016, at the very young age of 45, he died of kidney, liver, heart and lung failure caused primarily by damage from his years of massive obesity.

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10 Strange, New Suspects That Could Cause Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer & Environment

About 12 percent of U.S. women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at some point in their lives. Increasingly, researchers are pointing out connections between certain environmental chemicals in the home and breast cancer, a difficult task considering that just 7 percent of the 85,000 chemicals in use today have been tested for safety. While there’s not conclusive evidence providing proof that certain chemicals cause breast cancer, there’s certainly evidence prompting cause for concern. To protect yourself and your family, try simple household swaps and avoid these 10 breast-cancer-causing suspects.

 

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Ulcerative colitis

What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a superficial inflammation of the large intestine, not caused by bacteria, which results in ulceration and bleeding.

The patient typically experiences alternating periods with no or few symptoms, and periods with frequent stomach pains and diarrhoea that is mixed with pus, blood, and mucus.

It’s rare in the UK, with one new case per 10,000 people per year. Currently, there are approximately 146,000 patients with ulcerative colitis and usually they are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 25-years-old, with a smaller peak between 55 and 65 years old.

People of Asian origin are less likely to be affected, and men and women are equally affected.

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‘I Had Weight Loss Surgery, But I Didn’t Feel Confident In My Body Until I Started This Workout Plan’

This Workout—Not My Weight Loss Surgery—Is The Reason I Was Able To Lose 120 Pounds

My lifestyle before this past year was extremely social. However, the majority of that revolved around extravagant dinners and constant cocktails after long nights at the office. I was eating whatever I wanted, often ordering an appetizer before my meal and dessert afterward. On top of that, I’d consume three, sometimes four or five glasses of white wine. Eating was something I did with abandon. I felt like I was perpetually hungry, even after I’d just eaten. I’d make excuses to attend fancy dinners and partake in all the culinary splendor New York City has to offer.

On quiet nights home, I’d cook for myself, making decadent recipes from cookbooks to try to enhance my culinary skills. Looking back, those portions were enough for two or sometimes three people.

I never exercised, and I made excuses to avoid going to a workout when others invited me along. Sometimes I felt motivated and started walking consistently each day, but I always went alone. That way I could make it easy. Eventually, people stopped asking me to join them.

I hated my life and how I felt.  Worst of all, I had absolutely no sense of self-worth. I was unhappy in almost everything, especially my job, where I felt like I was constantly being beaten down. I was in a bad place, but because I was paid well, I covered up how I was feeling with fake friendships, parties, food, and a social circle.

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10 Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis

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Ankylosing spondylitis is a protracted inflammatory condition that can affect various joints of the body including the eyes and intestines, but most frequently it targets the spine. Doctors classify it as a variety of spinal arthritis to clearly distinguish it from common back injuries. It is also potentially much more harmful than common back problems because it may eventually impede the patient’s mobility and damage their eyesight. There is clear evidence that genetic factors influence which individuals develop this disease. Studies link it with the HLA-B27 gene. It usually first appears in the teenage years with males three times more likely to develop it than females.

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10 Causes of Diabetes

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Diabetes is a disease that affects almost a whopping ten percent of the population, with numbers on the rise. As that some forms of diabetes can be greatly affected and even caused by lifestyle choices, the more unhealthy our eating habits become, the more people are diagnosed with this life-altering disease that can, in some cases, be fatal. Diabetes affects the way that the human body produces and regulates insulin, which can result in higher levels of glucose, both in the blood and in the urine, and the way that the body metabolizes carbohydrates. To try to lower your chances of developing diabetes, let’s take a look at some of the potential causes.

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Narcissistic Abuse: 16 Subtle Signs a Narcissist is Abusing You

Narcissistic Abuse

In whatever relationship, narcissistic abuse can be one of the hardest forms of abuse to endure. These 16 signs tell you if you are being abused.

Although more attention has been paid to the personality disorder termed the narcissistic personality type recently, it is not a new phenomenon. Alice Miller, a Swiss psychologist, brought the notion of narcissistic abuse as far back as the early 1980s.

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Woman Who Dropped 120 Lbs. After Gastric Bypass Surgery Says It’s Not an ‘Easy Way Out’

Ana Barboza had been steadily gaining weight since moving to a new state and dealing with a hormonal imbalance. Before she knew it, she was 262 lbs.

“I had a bad relationship with food,” the 5’3″ IP docketing systems coordinator, 30, tells PEOPLE. “I grew up in a Latin culture and my parents were always telling me, ‘You have to eat all your food!’ And they gave me massive amounts of food.”

She put on more weight when she relocated from New York to Washington, D.C.

“I used to live in New York, and I was more active and moving around. When I moved to D.C. for work, I gained 35 lbs. and I couldn’t drop it,” she says. “I also have PCOS [polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal disorder that can cause irregular periods, unexplained weight gain and difficulty getting pregnant], which makes you gain weight. I was pre-diabetic, my feet would swell and my cholesterol was through the roof. I was a heart attack waiting to happen.”

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I Know Why He Has Autism

Hi.

My name is Carrie Cariello. I am forty-two years old.

I am married to a man named Joe and we have five children.

Twelve years ago, I gave birth to a baby boy with a neurological disorder called autism. It impacts the way he eats, sleeps, talks, and thinks.

He is considered special needs, because his needs are special.

For example, he needs to ask me thirty-six thousand times what the plan for the day is, even if it’s just a regular old Monday and we’ve had the same plan every Monday since the beginning of September.

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