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Half-Ton Man Ventures Out After Five Years
Associated Press ^

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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TOPICS: Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: health; obesity; veryfat
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To: isthisnickcool

51 posted on 03/08/2007 1:28:24 PM PST by rattrap
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To: isthisnickcool

Holy crap. I hope that thing on the lower left is part of his leg.


52 posted on 03/08/2007 1:28:39 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (I have a big carbon footprint and I'm not afraid to use it.)
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To: Mom MD

good to know!


53 posted on 03/08/2007 1:29:29 PM PST by xsmommy
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To: CedarDave

I watched that last night. I was flipping back and forth between that and Addicted to Food. I'm telling you, I'm addicted to those shows. Maybe b/c I can't imagine how one can let oneself go so so much to get to that point.


54 posted on 03/08/2007 1:30:31 PM PST by synbad600
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To: isthisnickcool

That guy needs a ThighMaster.


55 posted on 03/08/2007 1:30:40 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: rattrap

Ewwww, I'm dead sexy! Get in my bellY!

56 posted on 03/08/2007 1:31:46 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Oh! The Obamanation! Durka durka durka...)
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To: Mom MD

I'm going for a real long walk after work tonight!


57 posted on 03/08/2007 1:31:53 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance (RINO = Rudy Is Not Ours! Keep scrubbing, Rudy supporters, the blood won't come off.)
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To: DeerfieldObserver

Well, he's asked for and received the help he needs and has lost nearly 400 lbs. I hope he succeeds in reaching his goal. No doubt he'll need surgery. I'm pleased to see he's made such progress.


58 posted on 03/08/2007 1:31:57 PM PST by fortunecookie (My computer is back!)
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To: Fierce Allegiance
geez, is that his sack hanging out? NASTY!

Man, I was just thinking those better not be nads!
Then I see I wasn't the only one. ROTFLMSS!

59 posted on 03/08/2007 1:32:15 PM PST by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken, Cobb County, Georgia, USA!)
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To: isthisnickcool

Fat Bastard looks like Kate Moss compared to Uribe


60 posted on 03/08/2007 1:32:41 PM PST by rattrap
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To: CedarDave
Those girls are better adjusted than most girls who do not have any problems. They are amazing at how coordinated they are. They play volley ball, etc.
61 posted on 03/08/2007 1:33:35 PM PST by MamaB
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To: synbad600
You would have to be a really really really close friend to clean him up.


62 posted on 03/08/2007 1:36:16 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance (RINO = Rudy Is Not Ours! Keep scrubbing, Rudy supporters, the blood won't come off.)
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To: xsmommy
i do believe that is one of the more disturbing pix i have ever seen.

You must not have google! LOL, you lead a very sheltered life!

63 posted on 03/08/2007 1:38:11 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance (RINO = Rudy Is Not Ours! Keep scrubbing, Rudy supporters, the blood won't come off.)
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To: higgmeister

It took me a minute to phrase the comment so as not to anger the Gods.


64 posted on 03/08/2007 1:39:33 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance (RINO = Rudy Is Not Ours! Keep scrubbing, Rudy supporters, the blood won't come off.)
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To: xsmommy

"i do believe that is one of the more disturbing pix i have ever seen."

May it never become as popular on FR as that Helen Thomas picture! (which one? ANY one!;)


65 posted on 03/08/2007 1:41:36 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: isthisnickcool

ohhhhhhhh.....

that's bad!


66 posted on 03/08/2007 1:41:45 PM PST by tutstar (Baptist Ping list - freepmail me to get on or off.)
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To: MamaB
Teenager picture:

Although they are two completely separate people, these accomplished teens share a body and have just two arms and legs between them.

Born in 1990, the girls have been brought up in a small, tightly knit community in Minnesota, almost completely protected from prying eyes and inquisitive stares. To their friends and family, they are distinct people with very different personalities, needs, tastes and desires. But to the outside world they are a medical mystery – particularly given the fact that they can do virtually all the same things as their friends, including playing the piano, riding a bike, swimming and playing softball “Their personalities make them inspirational,” says their mother Patty. “They never give up; anything they want to do, they go out and do it.”

The Twins Who Share A Body

67 posted on 03/08/2007 1:42:28 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: Nightshift

ping a ling...


68 posted on 03/08/2007 1:42:39 PM PST by tutstar (Baptist Ping list - freepmail me to get on or off.)
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To: Fierce Allegiance
It took me a minute to phrase the comment so as not to anger the Gods.

God forgive me, but the thought running through my mind is:

"Yo quiero Taco Bell!"

69 posted on 03/08/2007 1:43:05 PM PST by Night Hides Not (Chuck Hagel makes Joe Biden look like a statesman!)
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To: AU72

I'm guessing bathtub or bedpan


70 posted on 03/08/2007 1:43:13 PM PST by isom35
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To: Hildy
"It's hard to believe that the human body can sustain that much weight."

It's hard to believe that the floor can sustain that much weight. That mattress must be cryin.

71 posted on 03/08/2007 1:43:55 PM PST by Jason_b
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To: DeerfieldObserver

Good for him! I hope he can continue to lose weight, and help others.


72 posted on 03/08/2007 1:50:14 PM PST by TheSpottedOwl
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To: DeerfieldObserver


73 posted on 03/08/2007 1:50:29 PM PST by BigLittle
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To: Sergio
To die due to sloth and gluttony is so sad.


74 posted on 03/08/2007 1:50:52 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: CedarDave
"Although they are two completely separate people, these accomplished teens share a body and have just two arms and legs between them."

Hardly two completely separate people.
75 posted on 03/08/2007 1:52:46 PM PST by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super Walmart for news .)
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To: synbad600
I watched that last night.

Did a quick search. "Joined For Life: Abby and Brittany Turn 16" will be repeated on The Learning Channel on Sunday evening, March 25.

76 posted on 03/08/2007 1:52:57 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: synbad600
Did you see the 30,000 calorie a day diet show? There were people near this guy's size that had to eat, and eat all day just maintain their size. It was an addiction to them. I think the family members who condone this sort of thing and feed these people should be held just has responsible.
77 posted on 03/08/2007 1:54:11 PM PST by miliantnutcase ("If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it." -ichabod1)
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To: Beelzebubba
"Indeed. Usually, being too fat to get up and find food for yourself is a very effective limit on weight gain. Unless undermined by enabling "loved ones."

I believe that's true. My cousin died last year at about 400+ lbs, at the age of 59. Of diabetes. She couldn't get out of bed. Her husband did everything. He was a dear, loving man. However, he fed her anything she wanted. She spent time in a nursing home and got 100 lbs off but put them back on when she got home. Very, very sad.

78 posted on 03/08/2007 1:55:54 PM PST by sneakers
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To: Fierce Allegiance

i don't go searching for things to gross myself out with!


79 posted on 03/08/2007 2:02:08 PM PST by xsmommy
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To: good

I pray that Manuel Uribe receives a lot of love and charity from those who love the Lord, to say positive things so Manuel Uribe has something to hang on to, when those day are low! amen


80 posted on 03/08/2007 2:12:24 PM PST by restornu ("Try to Lead by Example, Not by Trampling on Another!")
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To: DeerfieldObserver
Half-Ton Man Ventures Out After Five Years

It's good to get out every five years or so.

81 posted on 03/08/2007 2:14:41 PM PST by SIDENET (Now selling carbon offsets. Get some today!)
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To: CedarDave

OK, now you've got me curious - if they can do things like play volleyball, does that mean they are controlling the body together in a coordinated way, or do they take turns controlling it? If you pinch a leg, can they both feel it?


82 posted on 03/08/2007 2:31:07 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: DeerfieldObserver
He still has a few pounds to go. - tom


83 posted on 03/08/2007 2:36:05 PM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: CedarDave

Thank you. Please remind me to miss that tv program.


84 posted on 03/08/2007 2:37:19 PM PST by DeerfieldObserver
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To: Capt. Tom

The guy didn't have the courage to get a gastric bypass. I find it hard to feel sorry for him.


85 posted on 03/08/2007 2:38:23 PM PST by DeerfieldObserver
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To: Fierce Allegiance

I had to go back and look but that does look like his sack! I've heard of having BIG BALLS before...


86 posted on 03/08/2007 2:39:12 PM PST by Married with Children
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To: isthisnickcool

Wow. I suddenly have a wild urge to use my tread mill.


87 posted on 03/08/2007 2:42:19 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: CedarDave
I seen the TV episode about these two girls or girl with two heads and the subject of future marriage came up, I believe it was the mother, who said she hoped she or they would, eventually, marry.

In my rather unconventional thinking, two questions popped into my mind. One was what if one hated the guy and the other one loved him and what if one didn't want to have sex and the other did, could the man be charged with rape by the one who didn't?
88 posted on 03/08/2007 2:44:44 PM PST by RetSignman (DEMSM: "If you tell a big enough lie, frequently enough, it becomes the truth")
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To: fr_freak
If you pinch a leg, can they both feel it?

Believe it was their doctor who said "no". They don't physically feel sensation done to the other's half.

This was a very fascinating program, and I found I almost forgot they were conjoined after watching it for awhile. Very nice, normal acting teenagers. My question is what will happen when one dies? Since they have separate hearts, and other organs I wonder if they both would die at the same time.

89 posted on 03/08/2007 2:45:16 PM PST by mupcat
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To: miliantnutcase
My boss has been telling me about that show but I have yet to catch it. Any info re: channel and times? She told me that one man spent 14k a year on candy bars. I have to see this!!! Owing to my own addiction to watching these shows.

Is it on the Freaks-R-Us channel? (sorry, bad joke)

90 posted on 03/08/2007 2:49:34 PM PST by synbad600
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To: CedarDave

I remember seeing a documentary on them about 8 years ago, and have since wondered how they are doing. I am glad they seem to be doing well. I find those girls to be quite inspiring, and plan on watching the upcoming one.


91 posted on 03/08/2007 2:49:50 PM PST by gawatchman
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To: fr_freak

Two heads, two hearts, two stomachs, three lungs, three kidneys, two gallbladders, two spinal columns; everything else as in a normal person. Right head, controls right side; left head, left side. Left head no feeling on right and vice versa. So how they coordinate actions that require two hands: piano playing, keyboard typing, playing softball, volleyball, swimming, diving, bicycle riding, etc. is a mystery to the medical doctors.


92 posted on 03/08/2007 2:50:57 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: DeerfieldObserver

FNC has the Duke guy that invented the automatic beer deliverer on now. Maybe that's what this guy has. Only it tosses bags of Doritos.


93 posted on 03/08/2007 2:51:46 PM PST by synbad600
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To: DeerfieldObserver
Please remind me to miss that tv program.

If you're speaking about the girls, I think you'd be very surprised at just how normal they are. Sure their appearance is shocking at first, but at least in my case I found I was more caught up in how they interacted with their family and friends while living as normal a life as they can under their condition. Fascinating program,

94 posted on 03/08/2007 2:52:21 PM PST by mupcat
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To: DeerfieldObserver
The guy didn't have the courage to get a gastric bypass. I find it hard to feel sorry for him.

Courage? He's shown more courage losing weight the old fashioned way and addressing the issues of what caused his weight gain than relying on an operation as a cure all.

Have you had a gastric bypass? I'm curious because I've had basically the same operation even though mine wasn't for weight loss so I only had 25% of my stomach removed instead of the normal amount a true gastric bypass removes.

95 posted on 03/08/2007 2:52:58 PM PST by Sally'sConcerns
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To: isthisnickcool

He could not maintain this weight by himself. Whoever buys his food should be charged with a crime..... that is gross. What the heck is that dragging on the floor? I'm afraid to know.


96 posted on 03/08/2007 2:54:31 PM PST by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Conservative!!!)
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To: DeerfieldObserver
The guy didn't have the courage to get a gastric bypass. I find it hard to feel sorry for him.

I think it takes more courage to lose the weight by staying on a strict diet than it does to get surgery for it. Good on him.
97 posted on 03/08/2007 2:55:33 PM PST by Stone Mountain
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To: freedomson
ROTFLMAO!!!

Does this bowling ball bag shoe make me look fat?

98 posted on 03/08/2007 2:58:36 PM PST by synbad600
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To: synbad600

What sort of mechanic is he? He would be a good airplane mechanic. He could just lay on his back and they could move the 747 back and forth as necessary.


99 posted on 03/08/2007 3:05:12 PM PST by DeerfieldObserver
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To: Stone Mountain

I have read only a handful on replies on this thread like yours. 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. You can't read an article on here about someone who is overweight without a bunch of people laughing or judging.


100 posted on 03/08/2007 3:12:21 PM PST by HungarianGypsy
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