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Half Ton Man Gaining On Me

The half ton man I commented on last August is down to 610 pounds. He’s gaining on me! Seriously though, good for him. Hopefully a year from now I’ll be down at least 100 pounds myself.

Story after the cut

‘Another shot at life’ for half-ton man

Lost nearly 500 pounds after stomach-reduction surgery

The Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Patrick Deuel is half the man he used to be.

Deuel, 42, was scheduled to leave the hospital as early as Friday, seven months after he checked in in grave condition, at 1,072 pounds. After undergoing stomach-reduction surgery in October, he is down to 610 pounds and is healthier.

Now, the Valentine, Neb., man looks forward to the simple things others take for granted, such as taking out the trash and shoveling snow.

“We’ve given him (another) shot at life … and I hope he seizes on it,” said Dr. Fred Harris, leader of the nine-person medical team responsible for Deuel’s care at Avera McKennan Hospital.

Deuel was admitted on June 4. Heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure and other problems caused by severe obesity threatened to kill him. He had trouble breathing and was malnourished because so many of his calories came from foods high in fat and carbohydrates. He had been housebound for seven years and bedridden for months.

Deuel could someday go back to work if he sticks to his diet, keeps building his strength and increases his level of activity, his doctor said.

“My hope is Patrick will be able to remain mobile enough to get out of the house and get a job,” Harris said. “He could have a career in motivational speaking. He’s got the smarts.”

Harris knew surgery was Deuel’s best chance but said Deuel needed to show he was healthy enough to undergo the operation. Deuel was put on a 1,200-calorie-a-day diet and started exercising, and was soon strong enough for surgery.

Deuel said he is not particularly worried about sticking to a diet once he returns home; he used to be a cook and restaurant manager.

He said eventually he would like to get down to 240 pounds — although the last time he saw that on the scale was when he was in sixth grade.

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Sharon • June 26, 2005 at 11:28 am

Congratulations, Patrick! Good job doc! I’m so glad that someone was able to help. Patrick, DO NOT EVER SETTLE short of your goal. YOU CAN DO IT!!


Dana • July 21, 2009 at 12:19 am

He had trouble breathing and was malnourished because so many of his calories came from foods high in fat and carbohydrates.

WTF? I’m surprised they didn’t say “high in fat, protein, and carbohydrates.” Now there’s no such thing as an essential carbohydrate but there are essential fats. They’re going to judge someone’s level of nourishment by how much of the macronutrients they’re getting? Do tell.

Eggs used to be so vilified as this evil food that caused heart attacks. I learned something interesting during one of my aborted weight-loss attempts. Eggs are also a decent source of healthy fats, vitamin A, and selenium, especially if they’re from chickens raised normally. (That stuff you see on “organic” eggs about the hens being “vegetarian-fed” is such a joke. Chickens eat bugs, y’all, along with the plants. They used to make cartoons about it. Check ’em out sometime.)

People are bending over backwards to “prove” that red meat kills you. Yet again, another nutrition-dense food. Just leave the damn bun off. And the sugary ketchup and “secret sauce” too. My favorite cut is flatiron, actually.

Now this guy’s been permanently maimed and I hope it doesn’t kill him like it has so many others. I know he needed to lose the weight, but like as not they tried all the same tired old ineffective mythological crap beforehand as they do with every fat person, and of course it doesn’t work because if it really worked they couldn’t charge more for surgery. Same principle as interfering with childbirth as much as possible so the mom has to opt for the c-section. Frigging racket.


Dana • July 21, 2009 at 12:21 am

Oh and I love the implication in the snippet I quoted that calories are somehow nourishing. Maybe they didn’t mean it that way but to me, that’s how it comes across. Ha ha ha.


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