FRENCH FRIES, CHOCOLATE CAKE, A PORTERHOUSE STEAK... IMAGINE EATING IT ALL AND GAINING LOTS OF WEIGHT...BUT NOT SUFFERING ANY OF THE HEALTH CONSEQUENCES!
FOR SOME OBESE PEOPLE...THAT'S A REALITY. NOW RESEARCHERS BELIEVE FINDING OUT WHY COULD BE KEY IN TREATING OBESITY...AND THEIR PUTTING THEIR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTHS ARE.
"It's a worse epidemic than the bubonic plaque, than HIV infection, than almost anything you can think of."
MORE THAN 60-PERCENT OF PEOPLE IN THE U-S-A ARE CONSIDERED F-A-T
"It's abnormal, it's unusual to be lean in this country."
FOR SOME.... OBESITY WILL LEAD TO TYPE TWO DIABETES, HEART DISEASE AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. BUT FOR 25-PERCENT OF OBESE PEOPLE...THERE ARE NO ADVERSE EFFECTS. NOW RESEARCHERS ARE TRYING TO LEARN WHY WITH...
("Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald's, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Burger King.")
THE GOAL OF THE STUDY IS TO FIND OUT WHY OBESITY CAUSES METABOLIC DISEASES, SUCH AS DIABETES AND HEART DISEASE, IN SOME PEOPLE BUT NOT IN OTHERS. THE FINDINGS WILL HELP IDENTIFY THE FACTORS THAT ARE PROTECTING SOME OBESE PEOPLE FROM THOSE ADVERSE EFFECTS.
"We really are paying people to gain weight there's no question about it."
PEOPLE LIKE O-R NURSE DAWN FREEMAN. AS PART OF THE "OVERFEEDING" STUDY SHE'S GETTING 35-HUNDRED DOLLARS PLUS FOOD EXPENSES... TO EAT AN EXTRA ONE-THOUSAND CALORIES A DAY.
"McDonalds I finally settled on their angus burger."
DOCTOR SAM KLEIN SAYS USING FAST FOOD IS A CHEAP AND EASY WAY TO TRACK CALORIES. DAWN GAINED 20 POUNDS IN TWO MONTHS!
"I couldn't climb stairs after 2 to 3 weeks. I was tired I couldn't breathe."
"If we can understand that link better we can develop better therapies to break that link."
AFTER GAINING FIVE-PERCENT OF HER BODY WEIGHT, DAWN WAS PUT ON A SIX MONTH WEIGHT-LOSS PROGRAM. FIVE MONTHS INTO IT, SHE DROPPED THE POUNDS AND GAINED A TASTE FOR SOMETHING ELSE.
"I consciously put vegetables on my plate now."
BACK TO HER NORMAL WEIGHT AND BACK TO NORMAL EATING.
DOCTOR KLEIN SAYS PRELIMINARY STUDY RESULTS SHOW SOME PEOPLE REALLY ARE RESISTANT TO THE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF WEIGHT GAIN.
THE STUDY IS FUNDED BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH...AND IS STILL ENROLLING. VOLUNTEERS MUST ALREADY BE OBESE.
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