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Half-Ton Man Ventures Out After Five Years
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Posted on 03/08/2007 1:11:12 PM PST by DeerfieldObserver

Manuel Uribe, who once weighed half a ton, left his house on Wednesday for the first time in five years.

Six people pushed Uribe's wheel-equipped iron bed out to the street, as a mariachi band played and a crowd gathered to see the man who once weighed 1,235 pounds.

"It's nice [being outside]. Many thanks to my travelling Mariachis," Uribe said after taking a sip from a champagne bottle.

Unable to leave his bed for more than five years, Uribe has lost 397 pounds since he began a high-protein diet a year ago. He now weighs about 840 pounds.

To celebrate the milestone, a forklift lifted Uribe's bed onto a trailer pulled by a pickup truck and the 41-year-old mechanic rode through the streets of San Nicolas de los Garza, a Monterrey suburb.

"I'm very proud of him and very happy. I hope God continues to give him the strength to move forward," Uribe's neighbour, Leonor Garza said.

Uribe was a chubby kid, weighing more than 250 pounds as an adolescent.

In 1992, he said his weight began to balloon further.

Since the summer of 2002, Uribe has been bedridden, relying on his mother and friends to feed and clean him.

He drew worldwide attention when he pleaded for help on national television in January 2006.

Afterwards, an Italian and a Spanish doctor both visited and offered him gastric bypass surgery.

But Uribe chose to accept help from Mexican nutritionists working with the Zone diet which he says he will stick to until he reaches his goal weight of 265 pounds.

Doctors say it may take between three and four years for Uribe to reach his goal.

Uribe said he plans to start a foundation to help overweight people get medical assistance and teach them about healthy eating habits.

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To: HungarianGypsy
We should be wishing him well. He has a problem. He's doing something about it. Instead most of these thin and beautiful people on here keep making fun of the guy.

I totally agree. It's a small small person that mocks a person with a problem, particularly when that person is making an honest effort to help himself. Apparently it makes some people feel good to make fun of those less fortunate than them - how classy.
101 posted on 03/08/2007 3:27:14 PM PST by Stone Mountain
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To: CedarDave

LOL, he really DOES look like Bill Richardson!


102 posted on 03/08/2007 3:30:32 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (The media is in full gloat, and they have decided to choose the next president...OBAMA!)
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To: HungarianGypsy

You know better than to hold your breath. It will be the rare poster that wishes him well. Here all obese people are totally worthless. The other day there was an article about an obese lady who unexpectedly gave birth to a beautiful precious baby girl. Rare was the pleasant comment. The rest speculated on how such a repugnant creature would have sex to get pregnant. That's how Freepers are.


103 posted on 03/08/2007 3:39:34 PM PST by A knight without armor
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To: A knight without armor
You know better than to hold your breath. It will be the rare poster that wishes him well. Here all obese people are totally worthless. The other day there was an article about an obese lady who unexpectedly gave birth to a beautiful precious baby girl. Rare was the pleasant comment. The rest speculated on how such a repugnant creature would have sex to get pregnant. That's how Freepers are.

Lighten up, Francis. 90% of the people here making fun of the fat people would probably bend over backwards to help those fat people out if they met them in person.

I think such people as this guy have earned at least a little ridicule. True medical causes for morbid obesity are uncommon. Most likely this guy, and the lady who gave birth without knowing she was pregnant, are otherwise healthy people who at best exercised horrible judgement in their eating habits, and at worst are gluttons whose lack of control brought this condition upon themselves. If someone is going to show such deep lack of respect for himself, he should not expect too much respect from others.
104 posted on 03/08/2007 3:50:22 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: miliantnutcase
Did you see the 30,000 calorie a day diet show?

These two words in the same sentence should only apply if you are talking about an elephant on a diet, not humans

105 posted on 03/08/2007 3:59:31 PM PST by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: DeerfieldObserver

Just eating the food Americans don't want to eat.


106 posted on 03/08/2007 4:00:50 PM PST by Alouette (Learned Mother of Zion)
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To: fr_freak

"Lighten up, Francis."

Why I don't know but that simple phrase has makes me chuckle out loud. I needed that. That is the only piece of funny I have had all day. Just when I was feeling like a bucket of dead turtles you had to come along with that and spoil my bad mood.

I still think it takes a whole lot more courage to change habits like he is doing than to get fixed with a gastric bypass. I mean bless anyone who's had the bypass but it is refreshing to see someone digging down deep and changing lifelong habits. I pray he succeeds.


107 posted on 03/08/2007 4:03:15 PM PST by A knight without armor
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To: fr_freak
If someone is going to show such deep lack of respect for himself, he should not expect too much respect from others.

For whatever reasons, the guy was morbidly obese. Maybe he made mistakes and was lazy in the past; maybe it's glandular; maybe it's a combination. But he has made the effort to improve himself. He took responsibility solely upon himself to make things better. He's lost 400 pounds and was able to go outside. I respect the effort that took - anyone who has tried to lose even 10-20 pounds ought to. For this, he should be exposed to ridicule?

90% of the people here making fun of the fat people would probably bend over backwards to help those fat people out if they met them in person.

You are much more optimistic than I am. It's clear that a lot of people on this forum don't respect fat people at all. I find it hard to believe that they would go out of their way to help them instead of mocking them.
108 posted on 03/08/2007 4:07:08 PM PST by Stone Mountain
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To: fr_freak
and the lady who gave birth without knowing she was pregnant,

Having never given birth, but vastly experienced in watching the process, (6 times) I find it quite unbelievable that a women does not know she is pregnant.

I believe they possess a high level of denial.

At the late stages of the birth process the kid was kicking me at night LOL

109 posted on 03/08/2007 4:11:41 PM PST by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: A knight without armor
I don't believe your assertions are true. I have been struggling with my own weight since I was a teen. It is a never ending daily battle, a personal reprogramming, and it is a condition only the sole individual can overcome. Of course we all wish him well, but there comes a time when one has to accept personal responsibility for one's own fate. To allow ourselves to get to the point that others are championed for overcoming their own addictions, well, that to me is difficult to comprehend. Where are the kudos to those that don't get to the point where they are celebrated for living a life of free of . . . whatever. Pick your poison. Drugs, alcohol, gambiling, etc. Yet those that live a life of unforced pleasures deserve praise for having had a ton of fun and lived a life of abandon most of the time and are now repenting for their sins and blaming some other factor?

Freepers are the kindest folks I have ever had the pleasure of "knowing".

110 posted on 03/08/2007 4:12:50 PM PST by synbad600
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To: freedomson

When he sits around the house, he sits AROUND the house.


111 posted on 03/08/2007 4:14:27 PM PST by carolinalivin
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To: Popman
At the late stages of the birth process the kid was kicking me at night LOL

I actually meant to say "the pregnancy process"

112 posted on 03/08/2007 4:15:22 PM PST by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: CedarDave

Those girls are inspiring and very well adjusted. Watched that show last night with the family. Came to the conclusion that ALL of us would be better people if we had to learn to cooperate like those two have. Wow.

I am absolutely in awe of their parents.


113 posted on 03/08/2007 4:19:10 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: Capt. Tom

He does look healthier there. I wish him all the best. While all of us face challenges in life, most of us are fortunate to not have to face this.


114 posted on 03/08/2007 4:23:02 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: synbad600
Maybe b/c I can't imagine how one can let oneself go so so much to get to that point.

Probably because he weighed 250 lbs as a kid. That means he probably dieted off and on most of his life. Each time he dieted, his metabolism slowed more and more. Pretty soon he was gaining weight on 1200 calories. After awhile, he probably just gave up, ate what he wanted and waited to die.

115 posted on 03/08/2007 4:24:48 PM PST by McGavin999 ("Hard is not Hopeless" General Petraeus)
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To: synbad600
To allow ourselves to get to the point that others are championed for overcoming their own addictions, well, that to me is difficult to comprehend.

I couldn't disagree more. Many people, for whatever reasons, (childhood upbringing, genetics, traumatic events, for example) are more susceptible to addictions than other people. And everyone has weaknesses in their lives that they must overcome. I think it's completely laudable for people to overcome those weaknesses. It's certainly something we should encourage, as opposed to mocking those with problems, particularly when the person in question is doing everything he can to overcome them.

Where are the kudos to those that don't get to the point where they are celebrated for living a life of free of . . . whatever.


They should be applauded too. The two aren't mutually exclusive.
116 posted on 03/08/2007 4:24:52 PM PST by Stone Mountain
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To: synbad600
". . . kudos to those that . . . ."

Those who.

Sorry for the lapse, Mr. Nordlinger.

117 posted on 03/08/2007 4:28:41 PM PST by synbad600
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To: pollyannaish

The girls are inspiring. I saw the show where they got their driver's licenses. In middle age, I am just learning to drive and am still a bit nervous behind the wheel. I saw those two and wanted to smack myself for being so stupid. If they can drive w/their issues, I can certainly get out and do my part to terrorize the other drivers.


118 posted on 03/08/2007 4:32:54 PM PST by radiohead (They call me DOCTOR radiohead.)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

That's his upper leg......


119 posted on 03/08/2007 4:34:26 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Sergio
I've taken care of people as big and bigger.......

It's a challenge to be sure....

Morbid obesity is a horrible thing.......

120 posted on 03/08/2007 4:36:29 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: CedarDave

how are those girls?...God bless them....


121 posted on 03/08/2007 4:37:53 PM PST by cherry
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To: CedarDave
That would be "girls".....and they are pretty awesome.

Can't imagine their trials and tribulations........

122 posted on 03/08/2007 4:39:24 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: DeerfieldObserver

The girls are entirely inspirational. I saw pieces of the show--I too surfed--and was impressed by them!!! They move about in a totally coordinated way...but each of them controls one side of their body.

Their parents have given them the tools they'll need in life--including no self-pity. It seemed that the only thing that really ticked 'em off was people taking their pictures without asking them first.


123 posted on 03/08/2007 4:41:06 PM PST by bannie
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To: fr_freak

okay, so we can put blame on him and others like him for being glutons, but what about people who are just plain old MEAN AND STUPID?


124 posted on 03/08/2007 4:45:18 PM PST by cherry
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To: Stone Mountain
Some are more susceptible. Most of us are susceptible owing to whatever factor you want to present. It is laudable for those who overcome their difficulties, and I wholeheartedly encourage those who are ready to help themselves. But they have to be able to help themselves. We all have our own demons we must overcome to be a productive member of society. Some have to work harder. But to applaud them? Where does it end?

The fifty year old man who lives in a $400 a month studio b/c his parents weren't good students? Is he to be coddled still, now that his own offspring are facing the same fate? Personal responsibility has to be a factor, at some time or another.

125 posted on 03/08/2007 4:49:59 PM PST by synbad600
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To: HungarianGypsy

I dont know why so many here are so "mean" just like in their high school days, the class bully always taunting or putting someone else down for what reason?

It is outrages many with this behavior belong over at DU!


126 posted on 03/08/2007 4:52:08 PM PST by restornu ("Try to Lead by Example, Not by Trampling on Another!")
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To: DeerfieldObserver

You're probably right. However, I admire his courage to try and lose weight the old fashioned way. Like I said earlier, I pray for his success, and that he is able to pay it forward after getting to his goal weight.


127 posted on 03/08/2007 4:56:41 PM PST by Sergio (If a tree fell on a mime in the forest, would he make a sound?)
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To: restornu

People are anonymous here, so their worst instincts sometimes prevail. If you knew them in person, I suspect that they are nicer people?


128 posted on 03/08/2007 4:57:06 PM PST by DeerfieldObserver
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To: radiohead

Hey! Good for you! If only the rest of us got to split our speeding tickets with someone else. ;-)


Now go turn up the radio and hit the road!


129 posted on 03/08/2007 5:00:07 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: Osage Orange

Morbid obesity is a medical term re: serious health issues present, or soon to be present, is it not? Not just a term to describe being too fat. I think it is a misconception for many.


130 posted on 03/08/2007 5:00:32 PM PST by synbad600
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To: DeerfieldObserver; All
Hi unkind, you should be thanking your Lord, you have a good metabolism and had many good times on this earth, which this person never had and should he reach his goal his body will never be as good a most of us here.

It is easy to for many here to gang up on this person.

When are we as a people going to realized even if he never reads this forum thought are things and have energy and all that is going out here is very sabotaging energy that so many of you fling out into the ether!

Its like the power of prayer only this is underminding prayers!

131 posted on 03/08/2007 5:01:56 PM PST by restornu ("Try to Lead by Example, Not by Trampling on Another!")
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To: DeerfieldObserver
People are anonymous here, so their worst instincts sometimes prevail. If you knew them in person, I suspect that they are nicer people?

Unfortunately, that's not how it works. Your character is defined by who you are when nobody is looking...and especially when nobody knows who you are. A place like this is often an amazing "exposer of character." There are folks here I have come to respect beyond measure, and others who are a tremendous disappointment. Just like in real life.

132 posted on 03/08/2007 5:03:38 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: pollyannaish

Hope I'm not the latter!


133 posted on 03/08/2007 5:11:43 PM PST by synbad600
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To: fr_freak
I think such people as this guy have earned at least a little ridicule.

You think he earn some ridicule?

Do you know his heart or mind?

Do you know just like you he too is a child of the Lord?

I think we all got caught up over the years in the put down comedy show of one liners that some how we lost our humanity!

don't mean to single you out you are one of many...

134 posted on 03/08/2007 5:25:26 PM PST by restornu ("Try to Lead by Example, Not by Trampling on Another!")
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To: restornu

In fairness, I think this guy needs to take some responsibility for his condition. No one has been forcing food down his mouth.


135 posted on 03/08/2007 6:16:28 PM PST by DeerfieldObserver
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To: synbad600
LOL. Not so far. ;-)
136 posted on 03/08/2007 6:24:44 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: cherry
okay, so we can put blame on him and others like him for being glutons, but what about people who are just plain old MEAN AND STUPID?

Oh, I'm sure you'll come up with something.
137 posted on 03/08/2007 10:48:36 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: restornu

I agree, Resty. It's great that he's losing the weight. I wish him much luck.


138 posted on 03/08/2007 10:55:45 PM PST by derllak
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To: restornu
You think he earn some ridicule?

Do you know his heart or mind?

Do you know just like you he too is a child of the Lord?

I didn't read the whole thread, but I don't think anyone claimed that this guy isn't a child of the Lord. I know that I can say, without the slightest doubt, that he's probably ten times the child of the Lord that I am.

As far as whether he earned ridicule or not, I'd have to say yes. He got himself into that situation. I don't have to care what is in his mind because by the fruits of his labors shall we know him. Of course, if he had labored to eat more fruit, he probably wouldn't have gotten into this predicament in the first place.

Hey, I've done stupid things in my life and have received a fair amount of ridicule for some of them. Looking back, I'd have to say that I earned it. It teaches one not to take himself so seriously, and forces one to reexam his own decision-making processes.
139 posted on 03/08/2007 10:56:34 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: fr_freak

I don't care if he got himself into the condition or not, there is no real call for ridiculing a person who has become so large that he cannot even leave his bedroom. You think he doesn't know he's fat? The man, even in his condition, lost nearly 400 pounds. That's an amazing feat. He should be applauded for that and encouraged to continue to meet his goal of slimming down to 265. I can guarantee that if he acheives that goal, he won't stop there. It will be because he has changed his life and his habits forever. I know this because I have a friend who, at his worst, weighed 600lbs. In the span of about a year and a half, he had dropped below 300 and is now in the 220 range. He, like the man in this story, eschewed the surgery route. He did it all through diet and exercise, and there's not a chance he'll ever go back up. And, it should be noted, he never once blamed anyone else for his condition. Like beating alcoholism, it takes being honest with yourself and admitting your own guilt. God bless this man. With a little luck and a lot of work, he may save his life.


140 posted on 03/08/2007 11:14:48 PM PST by Rastus
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To: fr_freak; DeerfieldObserver; All
I agree we all done stupid things in our life etc.

But look at this thead there hardly anything here to say good about many of us freepers. This man is a stranger no one really knows the circumstance.

A few weeks ago there was an article in the papaer where the government want to take a child away form its mother for being an enabler to her 8 year old son because he was 250 lbs.

Who to say that was not his childhood situation?

The harshness that is going in this thread is not going to help this man it only adds to his situation!.

Who appointed us to judge and to ridicule this man who is trying?

I am sure many have never thought of it that way before and just followed our lower self to demean another human being!

I think in the future when this kind of thing happens on a thread good freepers ought to come forward and remind those who forgot to let their light shine and or say nothing.

Our we any better the DU when this type of behavior takes place?

Have you ever thought how many misplaced souls vote with the DU because they been on the receiving end of this kind of abuse and see us doing this think that is who we really our?

We would like good government let us deserve it, by using our freedoms better than this!


141 posted on 03/09/2007 2:52:29 AM PST by restornu ("Try to Lead by Example, Not by Trampling on Another!")
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To: restornu

I am a little tired of all the lectures here. The man's appearance is outlandish, and he is the one who is putting all that food in his mouth. Why not criticize him for his irresponsible behavior?


You will notice no one said anything negative about the twin conjoined twin girls. They obviously had nothing to do with their predicament. Fat Boy did.



142 posted on 03/09/2007 3:38:37 AM PST by DeerfieldObserver
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To: DeerfieldObserver
It is sad you don't get it!
143 posted on 03/09/2007 4:26:54 AM PST by restornu ("Try to Lead by Example, Not by Trampling on Another!")
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To: restornu
I've been keeping it fairly light-hearted so far, but I'm going to give you a serious answer now:

I completely reject your attitude toward this whole thread. One of the strongest contributing factors to the moral decline of the West is the reluctance these days to hold anyone acountable for their own behavior. Many Christian denominations which were once true followers of Biblical teaching are now more fluff than substance, all because they have rejected the concept of personal responsibility and accountability.

One only has to look at the Episcopalian church in the US to see a prime example of this. They have rejected the strict demands of God and Christ in favor of this mushy-headed moral relativism that says we cannot say anything negative about the homosexuals who have overrun the clergy, or condemn their behavior, because that would be judgemental, and who are we to say what behavior is appropriate, or what is right and what is wrong. Meanwhile, those who wish to promote sinful, unhealthy, or otherwise undesirable behavior get free rein to do as they please because those who would normally be the guardians of morality now lack the moral character to stand up for even the smallest amount of decency. Thus, the breakdown.

Now, as that applies to this thread, we have seen nothing to believe anything other than that this man brought this condition upon himself by eating too much, prompting some here to poke fun. There may be better ways to spend one's time, but its not as if we're outside his house with torches and pitchforks. It's just a thread on a website, and I'll be damned if I'll have someone tell me that we should treat this man as a victim and hold his self-afflicted condition as sacred.
144 posted on 03/09/2007 9:47:10 AM PST by fr_freak
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To: fr_freak

ok we all have free will, you can believe what you want, but I also know this is not an act of love!


145 posted on 03/09/2007 2:18:45 PM PST by restornu ("Try to Lead by Example, Not by Trampling on Another!")
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