Skip to comments.Snacks yer lot, Gina (woman addicted to potato chips gets sick)
Posted on 07/04/2005 5:07:18 PM PDT by Cowman
Snacks yer lot, Gina By JEROME STARKEY A WOMAN nearly died after eating nothing but CRISPS for three years. Gina Gough, 22, was rushed to hospital with severe stomach pains after scoffing 15 packets a DAY. She suffered jaundice and her weight had ballooned from 9st to 14st. Doctors first thought she had picked up the highly infectious liver disease hepatitis and sealed her in an isolation ward. But they later discovered her condition was a result of an addiction to high-fat, chemical-rich potato snacks. Gina, a nursery nurse, from Cannock, Staffs, needed four-and-a-half hours of emergency surgery to remove a massively inflamed gall bladder. It had swollen to the size of a tennis ball and could have exploded at any moment. After the operation, surgeons found gall stones almost 1½in across. Talking about her crisp addiction, Gina said yesterday: Id start off with a packet for breakfast and then Id have a second one. I wasnt tempted by any other food.
Gina began snacking on crisps after losing her job in 2000. She said: I was depressed but felt good after crisps. My mum used to tell me that all the crisps I ate would make me ill but I shrugged it off. I didnt think anything this bad could happen to me but I could have died. Gina insists she got high on the fat and chemical additives in the crisps. She is calling for health warnings on packets. Gina is now eating low-fat meals, regularly exercising and has lost more than 20lb. She said: I used to be a very happy-go-lucky person but I started to get mood swings and became very snappy.
Research by US scientists suggests fat and sugar in high quantities have a similar affect on the brain as heroin and cocaine. Dr David Haslam, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said Gina was lucky to be alive. He added: Crisps should be eaten only once every couple of weeks.
Starvation will do that.
These things rock, and the sour cream & cheddar variety are my favorite. They have 1/10th the fat of the regular chips.
Let's see . . . she started at nine stone, which is more or less 126 pounds, and ended at 14 stone, which is around 196 pounds.
Did no one around her notice a 70-pound gain?
I have co-workers who offer to run up and down stairs with me when I get up about four pounds. (But in case y'all get indignant, they are very diplomatic. They're trying to help me wedding-prep.)
Careful, if you eat too many you will get snappy.
BTW, since I omitted it in the last post, ping for a math conversion check!
Do I have it right - a stone is 14 pounds or so?
(And if by some strange freak of chance you know WHY a stone is 14 pounds or so, I would just love to hear the reason. I'm odd that way.)
Those aren't the ones with Olestra, are they?
Given that she packed on about 70 pounds, she should have gotten a clue about 30 pounds ago.
No, these are baked... olestra is the stuff that came with the warning "may cause greasy stool." Eww. I'll pass.
Good to know! 'Cause, like you said, eww.
Sheesh, my clothes start to fit wrong when I get six, maybe seven pounds over ideal weight.
If I gained 70 pounds, there is exactly ONE item in my closet that would fit . . . a J. Peterman caftan.
I am SO not kidding.
Yes, I own a J. Peterman caftan. (Actually, the household owns two . . . one belongs to Xena's Guy.)
So... what's caftan?
Maybe it was the MSG and other artificial flavorings that caused the addiction. Some guy on Coast to Coast claimed that MSG can be extremely addictive, in addition to causing migraines, drowsiness, etc. Of course the next night's guest insisted that half of earth's inhabitants are descended from extraterrestrials, so I don't know how reliable Coast to coast's guests are.
A Caftan is the guy in charge of a ship... Sheesh! I thought everybody knew that.
It's a Mumu.
"Caftan" is essentially Arabic for "muumuu."
I have one of those! She likes to go for motorcycle rides.
Baked 'potato chips' have the flavor of cardboard. Baked Cheetos are the only 'healthy' snack that has a bearable flavor.