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Woman Dies After Being Stuck To A Couch 6 Years Of Her Life

In 2014 a 480-pound Stuart, Florida woman died after emergency workers tried to remove her from the couch where she had remained for about six years.

Gayle Laverne Grinds, 40, died Wednesday, after a failed six-hour
effort to dislodge her from the couch in her home. Workers say the home
was filthy, and Grinds was too large to get up from the couch to even
use the bathroom.

Everyone going inside the home had to wear protective gear. The stench was so powerful they had to blast in fresh air.A
preliminary autopsy on the the four-foot, ten-inch woman lists the
cause of death as “morbid obesity.” But officials want to know more
about the circumstances inside the home.Investigators say Grinds
lived with a man named Herman Thomas, who says he tried to take care of
her the best he could. He has told them he tried repeatedly to get her
up, but simply couldn’t. No charges have been filed, but officials are
looking into negligence issues.
Emergency workers had to remove some sliding glass doors and lift
the couch, with Grinds still on it, to a trailer behind a pickup truck.
Removing her from the couch would be too painful, since her body was
grafted to the fabric. After years of staying put, her skin had
literally become one with the sofa and had to be surgically removed.She died at Martin Memorial Hospital South, still attached to the couch.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever said or heard the following phrase. ‘Hey dude or girl, I love you, no offence, but you’re gaining weight.’ [raises hand] It’s innocent enough; A phrase maybe said out of concern rather than any kind of malicious instinct towards someone you care about. A friend, a family member, or even a public figure that you identify with. You care about their health. How can you not? We just want to give them a little push in the right direction. We wouldn’t want them to get fat. Maybe they don’t even know that they’re gaining weight. They should know!

I’ll let you in on a little secret. We know. It’s like telling your friend who smokes cigarettes, 'Hey, cigarettes are bad for you.’ If there’s a single person left on the planet that isn’t aware of the dangers of smoking, they’re probably living in some kind of 'Truman Show’ bubble.

We know that we’re fat! We can see the changes on our body, how our clothes fit, and how people look at us. I’m not even that fat right now! But I used to be.

And even the smallest comments hurt. It’s a reminder that we have failed to conform and that we may be in danger because of our failings.

It’s fat shaming, even when meant altruistically.

[…] Everyone, at some point or another, felt bad about their body. Or their weight. Everyone. There’s no normal. Love yourselves. Love each other. And love your bodies. You’re all beautiful, okay?

—  Matt Lieberman - Fat Shaming Makes You Fatter [x]
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“Weighed Down”
Here’s an illustration for Sandra G. Boodman’s Medical Mysteries article in the Health & Science section of today’s Washington Post.

“Doctors didn’t believe her when she said she was watching her diet and getting exercise. Eventually it became clear that her obesity was caused by a medical problem, not lack of willpower.”

Thanks to Lizzie for the assignment.

Read the article here.

Carlos Romero’s apartment is marked with remnants from his former life: a giant television from his days playing World of Warcraft and a pair of jeans the width of an easy chair. Remnants of that time — when he weighed 437 pounds — mark his body too: loose, hanging skin and stretch marks.

“I lift weights and work out and work hard, but there’s lasting damage,” says Romero.

Yet for all the troubles he had dating when he was obese — all those unanswered requests on dating websites — shedding weight left him uneasy about how much to reveal. “If you were to say to someone on the first date, ‘I lost 220 pounds,’ you’re indicating that you had a very serious issue at one point and that you may still have that issue,” he says. “So it’s not something I put on a dating profile because I don’t want people to judge me for it.”

For The Formerly Obese, Stigma Remains After The Weight Is Lost

Photo credit: Mike Kane for NPR

Caption: Carlos Romero and girlfriend Kate Rowe sit down for a meal they cooked together. Two years ago, Carlos Romero weighed 437 pounds.

Preschooler obesity rate drops 43%

NBC News: Obesity among preschoolers dropped by 43% between 2003-2004 and 2011-2012, new data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

Previously 14% of children ages 2 to 5 were considered obese and the figure now has dropped to 8% of preschoolers. The preschooler data was a bright spot in the report that found overall obesity remains high in the US.

“We continue to see signs that, for some children in this country, the scales are tipping,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. “This confirms that at least for kids, we can turn the tide and begin to reverse the obesity epidemic.”