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Half-Ton Mexican Man Loses 200 Pounds
The Washington Post ^ | 06.26.06 | OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ

Posted on 06/29/2006 10:52:23 PM PDT by Coleus

Health officials said Manuel Uribe weighed 1,235 pounds when he made a desperate plea for help on national television in January. Unable to leave his bed for five years, the 41-year-old mechanic in the northern industrial city of Monterrey longed to move again.

His plea was answered by doctors and nutritionists who prescribed a high-protein diet, helping him lose about 200 pounds since then. Gilberto Montiel, health secretary for Nuevo Leon state, said medical officials have been monitoring Uribe's weight and confirmed the loss.

"I feel better now, I can stretch and move a bit more," Uribe said Monday, flanked by Dr. Barry Sears, creator of "The Zone" diet, who came to check on his progress. Still, Uribe said he has just enough energy to sit up and move the sheet that covers his body. His goal is to lose another 770 pounds.

Uribe was a chubby kid, weighing more than 250 pounds as an adolescent. Starting in 1992, he said, his weight began ballooning further. Uribe drew worldwide attention when he appeared on the Televisa television network in January.

For the last five years, Uribe has been bedridden. He keeps a television and a computer he uses to update his Web site near his iron bed. "People think that I can eat a whole cow but it's not just overeating, it's also a hormonal problem," Uribe said. "For now, I'll keep doing the diet and if I get stuck I'll consider the surgery."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Mexico
KEYWORDS: atkins; barrysears; diet; enteringthezone; highproteindiet; obesity; thezone

Doctor Barry Sears,left, and Manuel Uribe, poses during a press conference in Monterrey, Mexico on June 26, 2006. Manuel Uribe weighed 1,235 pounds when he made a desperate plea for help on national television in January. Uribe, 41, has lost 200 pounds since February following the high-protein diet. But he is not discarding having gastric bypass surgery. "People think that I can eat a whole cow but it's not just overeating, it's also a hormonal problem," Uribe said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Juan Manuel Villasenor)

1 posted on 06/29/2006 10:52:25 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus

Check me, but aren't people starving in Mexico? or at least hungry?


2 posted on 06/29/2006 10:58:32 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Coleus

I don't know what to say except I pray the guy makes it. There have been too many of these cases in recent years. Why?!?


3 posted on 06/29/2006 10:58:34 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: sageb1

I just don't understand how this can happen. Bed ridden for 5 years. Who is feeding him?


4 posted on 06/29/2006 11:04:18 PM PDT by Tomalama
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To: sageb1

Complete lack of self control in a world that is non-judgemental to a fault?


5 posted on 06/29/2006 11:05:01 PM PDT by ECM (Government is a make-work program for lawyers.)
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To: coconutt2000

Nah, mexicans are getting pretty fat. I can't find it now, but I was browsing through technorati for some info on the mexican election and came up with a story from some mexican newscaster's blog talking about it.


6 posted on 06/29/2006 11:06:15 PM PDT by bahblahbah
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To: Coleus

Has anyone mentioned this to Michael Moore or Lard Ass Kennedy? *hint*hint*


7 posted on 06/29/2006 11:07:31 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: ECM

Well, even with the complete lack of self-control he wouldn't have gotten to 1200 lbs. Must be something medical as well.


8 posted on 06/29/2006 11:09:40 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: Coleus
At half-a-ton, 200 pounds of weight loss is two sit-ups and a good bowel-movement.

Keep working at it, buddy.

9 posted on 06/29/2006 11:09:42 PM PDT by Washi
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To: GSlob

It's likely his thyroid is, essentially, broken. Or he really likes ice cream.


10 posted on 06/29/2006 11:11:06 PM PDT by ECM (Government is a make-work program for lawyers.)
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To: bahblahbah
Nah, mexicans are getting pretty fat.

So are the white folks in my area where there's so much Mexican food.

:-)

11 posted on 06/29/2006 11:12:16 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Whatever happened to Cynthia McKinney?)
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To: Coleus

I don't understand how anyone can be that fat and not shatter their own skeleton.

I would expect broken hips, shoulders, ribs, etc.


12 posted on 06/29/2006 11:17:38 PM PDT by Richard-SIA ("The natural progress of things is for government to gain ground and for liberty to yield" JEFFERSON)
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To: ECM

Well, really liking ice cream wouldn't do it to you. Must be something metabolic with him. He needs a really good surgery, way beyond common liposuction and the gastric/intestinal bypass.


13 posted on 06/29/2006 11:19:14 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: Washi

Seriously...He lost a MAN in weight. Incredible.


14 posted on 06/29/2006 11:21:22 PM PDT by Marius3188 (Happy Resurrection Weekend)
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To: Coleus

"the 41-year-old mechanic in the northern industrial city of Monterrey longed to move again."

Sure. He wants to move to the US, so he can get on welfare and be able to hire several illegals to take care of him and get rich with his excess welfare payments.


15 posted on 06/29/2006 11:26:39 PM PDT by tdscpa
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To: sageb1
There have been too many of these cases in recent years. Why?!?

Prosperity. Thankfully the left has a solution to the side effects of prosperity.
16 posted on 06/29/2006 11:32:30 PM PDT by BJClinton (What happens on Free Republic, stays on Google.)
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To: GSlob

That's why I commented on his thyroid--the rest was for comedy value.


17 posted on 06/29/2006 11:38:46 PM PDT by ECM (Government is a make-work program for lawyers.)
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To: GSlob

I would think, with all the attention and care he's getting, they would have diagnosed him with a medical issue causing the weight, and he would be also receiving treatment for it. "It my thyroid" or "It's hormonal" are common rationalizations, and almost always undiagnosed by a doctor.

You CAN eat yourself to this size. I've seen a lot of the shows about people this big on the science channels, and none of them had hormonal or medical conditions that caused the weight - in most cases it was depression, lack of activity, binge eating, and emotional issues. Once you hit the point where you cannot get out of bed, sit up, or anything else, it's a fast road to 1000 pounds or more, most of it fluids and such that build up in the body. Almost all of them, once they're in a controlled environment where they cannot get food, or have it brought to them, and they eat rationally and healthy, and are in a therepuetic environment with encouragement and positive attitudes, they lose weight.

Granted, at 1200 pounds his blood chemistry and body are a complete train wreck, but in a controlled environment and a stable diet, it should come back to normalcy eventually - and the weight will come off.


18 posted on 06/29/2006 11:43:15 PM PDT by ByDesign
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To: ByDesign

"but in a controlled environment and a stable diet, it should come back to normalcy eventually - and the weight will come off." -If he survives till then.


19 posted on 06/29/2006 11:45:10 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: Richard-SIA

"I don't understand how anyone can be that fat and not shatter their own skeleton.

I would expect broken hips, shoulders, ribs, etc."

One would think, but then, they don't move a whole lot.

They have a whole slew of health issues from their bedridden state and size, that are pretty nasty and not much fun to talk about. They're basically rotting in place, and it's not pretty. Plus, hygeine is pretty much impossible at that size, I'll let you do the math.


20 posted on 06/29/2006 11:52:05 PM PDT by ByDesign
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To: ByDesign

These people always have someone who feeds them. I had a patient that weighed about 600 lbs and her family caretaker would give her an electric skillet that she would fry her own food in bed!!!!!!!!!!!!


21 posted on 06/29/2006 11:57:55 PM PDT by therut
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To: Coleus

Apparently, mechanics are exceptionally well-paid in Mexico, because this guy hasn't been crawling under too many cars recently...


22 posted on 06/30/2006 12:03:07 AM PDT by Skibane
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To: Coleus

Interesting...but don't we have overwieght Americans all over the place????


23 posted on 06/30/2006 1:25:41 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Coleus

Gaining weight Americans won't gain...


24 posted on 06/30/2006 1:29:53 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: therut

What must his cholesterol be? I read where the gravest side effect of the obesity epidemic is that its causing an epidemic of adult diabetes. I am also surprised to see vending machines in schools, selling all sorts of junk foods. When I complained about this to a friend of mine whose a school administrator (we NEVER had such things in school when I was young), she responded that it raises money for the school and although its otherwise undesirable, the kids will simply walk down to the convenience store and buy their junk food there if the machines are not in school.


25 posted on 06/30/2006 1:47:16 AM PDT by laconic
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To: ByDesign

Atkins diet.


26 posted on 06/30/2006 3:42:21 AM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Americans need to remember Osama's "strong horse" -"weak horse" analogy. Let's stop acting weak.)
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