Tuesday, December 30, 2008

half ton teen, dad & mom coming up on TLC

A heads-up for those who get TLC--programs called Half Ton Teen, Half Ton Mom & Half Ton Dad are on New Year's day, starting at 8 p.m.
Not much on the interwebs about the half ton teen yet, this is all I could find out:
The (not quite half ton) teen is 800 lb Billy Robbins, age 19.
The others seem to be repeats.
The (also not quite half ton) mom is the "world's heaviest woman", Renee Williams (29), The half ton dad (1,022 lbs) Kenneth Brumley also appears to get surgery. (image source)at nearly 900 lb--apparently she gets bariatric surgery. Her story sounded familar to me...and her Wikipedia entry says she died in 2007 after the WLS and she was part of a British TV show called "Half Ton Mum" (probably this same show?) and also on something called Amazing Medical Stories here in the US. I think I saw one or the other of these, it sounds familar. Maybe even blogged it, who knows? (image source)

Monday, December 22, 2008

tainted OTC diet pills recalled

From the FDA:

FDA Warns Consumers About Tainted Weight Loss Pills
Agency seeks recall of products that pose serious health risks
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers nationwide not to purchase or consume more than 25 different products marketed for weight loss because they contain undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients that may put consumers’ health at risk.
The tainted weight loss products are:
  • Fatloss Slimming
  • 2 Day Diet
  • 3x Slimming Power
  • Japan Lingzhi 24 Hours Diet
  • 5x Imelda Perfect Slimming
  • 3 Day Diet
  • 7 Day Herbal Slim
  • 8 Factor Diet
  • 7 Diet Day/Night Formula
  • 999 Fitness Essence
  • Extrim Plus
  • GMP
  • Imelda Perfect Slim
  • Lida DaiDaihua
  • Miaozi Slim Capsules
  • Perfect Slim
  • Perfect Slim 5x
  • Phyto Shape
  • ProSlim Plus
  • Royal Slimming Formula
  • Slim 3 in 1
  • Slim Express 360
  • Slimtech
  • Somotrim
  • Superslim
  • TripleSlim
  • Zhen de Shou
  • Venom Hyperdrive 3.0
An FDA analysis found that the undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients in some of these products include sibutramine (a controlled substance), rimonabant (a drug not approved for marketing in the United States), phenytoin (an anti-seizure medication), and phenolphthalein (a solution used in chemical experiments and a suspected cancer causing agent). Some of the amounts of active pharmaceutical ingredients far exceeded the FDA-recommended levels, putting consumers' health at risk.

Honestly, I never heard of ANY of these, but thought it was worth a mention.
  • Sibutramine is Meridia (a prescription diet drug)
  • Rimonabant is Acomplia (an anorectic anti-obesity prescription drug)
  • Phenytoin is Dilantin (an anti-seizure drug that can cause brain atrophy)
  • "Phenolphthalein has been used for over a century as a laxative, but is now being removed from the market because of concerns over carcinogenicity." (sources for all drug info: Wikipedia)
I wish it said which additive was in which drug, and how much. (Screenprint of original)

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Amish mutants may hold a key to gene-therapy weight loss

Honestly, how often does one have the chance to say "Amish mutants"?
This article says: A study testing a group of Amish people for levels of fat in the bloodstream has come up with a surprising result: around 5% have a gene mutation that helps break down fat more efficiently.....Further analysis found these fat-busters have one thing in common: a mutation that switches off one of two copies of the gene apoC-III, which is said to slow breakdown of triglycerides. These patients also showed low levels of LDL cholesterol (increases heart attack risk), high levels of HDL cholesterol (lowers heart attack risk) and had arteries that were largely plaque-free. In other words, they are in far less danger of suffering from heart attacks than their relatives who don’t have the mutation.
So they are healthier as well as being resistant to ingested fats? That's actually pretty cool. I'm not worried about my cholesterol (it's always been low) and I have no idea what my arteries are doing, but plaque free sounds pretty good to me.
(screenprint of original article)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

off topic funny pic (language possibly NSFW)

I just saw this picture on the failblog and laughed out loud. It has nothing to do with being fat, it's just really funny.
fail owned pwned pictures