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Oregon woman thankful after losing 800 pounds
TRI CITY HERALD ^ | 4/15/02 | Karen Zacharias

Posted on 04/18/2002 11:17:36 AM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection

Most people use a footstool to prop up their feet. Jeannette Standard used one to prop up her drooping belly.

But no longer.

Two years ago, surgeons at Oregon Health Sciences University removed the 110 pounds of lap that hung down to Standard's shins.

"I had to lift it to clean under it. And I would have to lay on the bed and have my daughter dry me off. But the skin was breaking down anyway. It had cracks that were open and bleeding. And the smell was atrocious," Standard said.

The surgery cost somewhere between $50,000 to $100,000, Standard said. Because weight-related health problems landed her on the state's disability roster, the state paid for the surgery. But getting state support took lobbying by Standard's doctor, Kent Walker of Pendleton.

"I wrote letters for a year on her behalf," Walker said. "Jeannette was bedridden because of that apron. Imagine trying to get around with a 110-pound belly pack. That's an amazing amount of weight."

Fat aprons are common in people who have lost extensive amounts of weight, he said.

"A person has to lose 200 to 300 pounds to get that kind of excess formation," Walker said.

It took a decade to do it, but Jeannette lost between 800 and 850 pounds through healthy eating combined with a liquid diet. At her heaviest, Standard said she weighed nearly 1,200 pounds.

Walker said he charted her weight in 1997 at 600 pounds. Today, she's 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 435 pounds.

"I have more mobility," she said. "I can go to Wal-Mart and buy clothes off the rack. And I can go out with pride without worrying about people saying, 'Look at that fat person.' And I don't have to wear those tent dresses anymore!"

Wearing pants is a newfound delight.

"The first day I put on a pair of pants after surgery I called my daughter and said, 'You want to see something you've never seen in your entire life?' "

Her daughter, Merri Beth Standard, 35, lives in Centralia. But at that time she was living in the same apartment complex as her mother in Pendleton. And this past week she visited her mom.

"She was striking a pose like she was on the cover of Vogue or something," Merri Beth said of her mom's new look. "All my life all I'd ever seen her in were those big dresses. It was incredible."

Living with a mother who was so obese was difficult, Merri Beth said. Classmates made cruel comments.

"In middle school while preparing for a choir concert, two boys said to me, 'I hope your mom doesn't come tonight because she'll break the bleachers if she sits on them,' " Merri Beth recalled.

She'd try to ignore other kids when they'd ask, "Why is your mom so fat?" But when she had her own children, Merri Beth said she pleaded with her mother to lose weight.

"I worried my mom wouldn't be around to see her grandkids grow up, because of her obesity and her heart," she said.

Guilt proved a poor motivator for Jeannette, a self-described food addict.

She hadn't always been overweight.

"I was a skinny kid until about age 8," she said.

But by the time she entered high school, Jeannette weighed 180 pounds. When she graduated she was up to 250 pounds. A sour marriage coupled with a bout of alcoholism, and 23 years later, Jeannette was so heavy she couldn't walk to the mailbox at the end of her street.

"When I wasn't drinking, I was eating. I was constantly shoving something in my face," Jeannette said.

So what does a 1,200-pound person eat?

"Anything and everything I could get my hands on," Jeannette said. "I would eat until I was so full I was sick. Then an hour later, I would be stuffing my face again."

Bread was a particular weakness.

"I would eat a loaf a day," Jeannette said.

And, "She would eat two whole chickens a meal," Walker said.

Now Jeannette limits her daily diet to two slices of bread, lean meats and vegetables. And she sees a counselor to help deal with her addictive behaviors.

"It isn't just about what you're eating, it's about what's eating you," Jeannette said. "I stuffed all my issues inside."

Depression is common among the morbidly obese, Walker said.

"Food makes them feel good," he said.

Momentarily, at least.

Jeannette said her most humiliating moment occurred when a neighbor refused to give her a ride to the store.

"She told me, 'I'm afraid you'll break my car down.' After that I never asked another person to take me any place again."

Jeannette said she became homebound and refused to answer the door or telephone. Her only social contact was with her two daughters.

And it is her example that bothers Jeannette the most. Merri Beth isn't obese, but Jeannette's other daughter Mandy, 32, weighs more than 500 pounds, she said. And she fears her grandson who is 9 and already weighs 105 pounds may share the same struggle.

So Jeannette supports the decision of school districts in other states to send out letters urging parents to address their children's weight problems. She wishes she'd had such help as a child.

"Mothers, if you have a child who is starting to gain weight or has already done so, get someone to help them," she said. "Feed them healthy snacks. And if you're an overweight mother with school-age kids, get some help."

Don't reward kids with warm cookies and milk.

"Give them a night out just with just you," Jeannette suggested.

"Take them roller skating or for a family bike ride," Merri Beth interjected.

Or take them to the nearest karaoke club. That's where Jeannette goes when she needs a treat.

Of course, just getting out of bed every morning and slipping into one of the eight pairs of pants she owns is reason enough to be happy. But Jeannette also has a part-time job with Domestic Violence Services and hopes to move into a new home soon.

"I look at life every day as a gift from God," she said. "For all intense purposes, I should've died 14 years ago as heavy as I was. I'm lucky to be alive."


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1 posted on 04/18/2002 11:17:37 AM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
please no pictures
2 posted on 04/18/2002 11:21:59 AM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Today, she's 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 435 pounds. "I have more mobility," she said. "I can go to Wal-Mart and buy clothes off the rack. And I can go out with pride without worrying about people saying, 'Look at that fat person.'

I didn't know 5'2 435 wasn't considered fat.

3 posted on 04/18/2002 11:24:54 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
"I had to lift it to clean under it. And I would have to lay on the bed and have my daughter dry me off. But the skin was breaking down anyway. It had cracks that were open and bleeding. And the smell was atrocious," Standard said.

I....am going....to vomit.

4 posted on 04/18/2002 11:27:10 AM PDT by Pete
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To: AppyPappy
I'm 5'2" and I feel OBESE at 120. (gained about 7 lbs over the last two years.)
5 posted on 04/18/2002 11:27:37 AM PDT by stanz
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Loosing 800 pounds remarkable. Keep in mind that she still has a long way to go.

I just can't help but notice the timing of the story - there seems to be a growing effort to regulate the food industry, to attack it with lawsuits, and to attach sin taxes to fatty foods.

Now here come the food victims.

6 posted on 04/18/2002 11:28:48 AM PDT by shadowman99
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To: shadowman99
Don't forget about the fat drugs for fat kids campaign, and Gap for Fat, too-- or whatever they're called.
7 posted on 04/18/2002 11:32:21 AM PDT by let freedom sing
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
GROW MRS. GOLDFARB

lyrics by Allan Sherman
music by Louis F. Bush (parody of "Glow Worm" by Paul Lincke)

Grow, Mrs. Goldfarb, fatter, fatter
Pile the potatoes on your platter.
Listen to me 'cause I'm your hubby.
I just adore you plump and chubby.
I got a letter from the state, Dear.
You're gonna need a license plate, Dear.
My little elephant joke come true.
Chew, Mrs. Goldfarb, chew!

There is so much more of you,
More to adore of you,
'Cause you're not slender.
In your white dress, you're a doll,
Big as the Taj Mahal,
In all its splendor.
When you're in department stores,
Don't use revolving doors,
You might get stuck, Dear.
When you use the telephone,
Go in the booth alone,
And lots of luck, Dear.

You had for breakfast: two pounds bacon,
Three dozen eggs, one coffee cake, and
Then you had something really awful,
Four kippered herrings on a waffle.
Nine English muffins, one baked apple,
Boston cream pie, Philadelphia scrapple.
Seventeen bowls of Crispy Crunch.
Then you said, "What's for lunch?"

Sweetheart, you are giant size.
You are Lane Bryant size,
My darling Myrtle.
Last Thanksgiving I was thrilled.
You ate so much, you killed
Your living girdle.
Have another dozen shrimp,
My lovely little blimp.
Don't count a calorie.
I have just received a stub.
I owe the Diner's Club
A whole year's salary.

Eat, Mrs. Goldfarb, daily, nightly.
Eat, though your chair is bending slightly.
Love of my life, I'm glad I found you,
Each day I take a walk around you.
I can't forget when we got married.
Over the threshold I got carried.
No other bride would be so sweet.
Eat, Mrs. Goldfarb, eat!

__________________________

Copyright 1964 by Curtain Call Productions, Inc.

8 posted on 04/18/2002 11:33:58 AM PDT by billorites
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To: AppyPappy
I didn't know 5'2 435 wasn't considered fat.

Considering that's a third of what she used to weigh, I think that's great.

I don't think that any of us can understand what that woman went through. I constantly complain that I can't get off the "baby fat" I accumulated through three pregnancies, but thinking about it, I'm only 20 pounds more than I was when I got married, and I wasn't overweight then -- and had three babies since!

I think we shouldn't be making jokes about this poor woman and her family. I think this is a lesson to parents: when kids start gaining excess weight, it's time to do something -- not just healthy snacks and exercize, but maybe find out WHY your child is getting obese.

9 posted on 04/18/2002 11:34:04 AM PDT by Gophack
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To: AppyPappy
I vaguely remember a Sam Kinison bit along those lines - yeah, it's great that she lost all that weight, and God bless, too. But...she still weighs 400 freaking pounds, for crying out loud.
10 posted on 04/18/2002 11:34:39 AM PDT by general_re
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To: Gophack
I didn't say it wasn't great. But 5'2 435 isn't a safe weight.
11 posted on 04/18/2002 11:38:16 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: shadowman99
I always wondered how do people who are too fat to move continue to gain weight when they can't make it to the refrigerator. You would think they would reach equilibrium at some point?
12 posted on 04/18/2002 11:38:22 AM PDT by Callahan
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Pardon me while I go throw up.
13 posted on 04/18/2002 11:42:11 AM PDT by July 4th
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To: July 4th
Maybe we should have a "fat tax".......:-)
14 posted on 04/18/2002 11:45:23 AM PDT by corlorde
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To: AppyPappy
No, you're absolutely right. She has a long way to go. And I didn't mean to imply that you were being mean or anything. I know you weren't. I just really feel sorry for this woman, but I also think that she's come a long way.

It makes me thankful that I only have to complain about going from a size 10 to a size 12 after three kids!

15 posted on 04/18/2002 11:45:38 AM PDT by Gophack
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
She'd try to ignore other kids when they'd ask, "Why is your mom so fat?"

Funny, my question would be "How did your mom get so fat?" That's something I never understood. How is it physically possible for a human to weigh 1200 lbs?

16 posted on 04/18/2002 11:45:39 AM PDT by geaux
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
My first thought, upon seeing the headline, was that she got a divorce and the husband got custody of the kids.
18 posted on 04/18/2002 11:48:54 AM PDT by texlok
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To: Callahan
You always wondered.... how do people who are too fat to move continue to gain weight when they can't make it to the refrigerator.

Co-dependence-- find someone who'll help you.

19 posted on 04/18/2002 11:50:24 AM PDT by let freedom sing
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To: AppyPappy
I didn't know 5'2 435 wasn't considered fat.

That is considered LESS fat than 1,200 lbs.

20 posted on 04/18/2002 11:50:40 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: corlorde
The ACLU and the PC Police heard that. lol
21 posted on 04/18/2002 11:52:12 AM PDT by let freedom sing
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Mmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!
22 posted on 04/18/2002 11:55:03 AM PDT by aomagrat
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To: geaux
How is it physically possible for a human to weigh 1200 lbs

I have no idea, especially since she's 5'2. That's over six times what I weigh(190), and I'm eight inches taller than her.

I give her credit for losing the weight she has lost, but she has a long way to go too.

24 posted on 04/18/2002 11:55:34 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: AppyPappy
Today, she's 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 435 pounds.

And rated one of Portland's slimmest women.

25 posted on 04/18/2002 11:58:30 AM PDT by meadsjn
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To: AppyPappy
You got that right. She's got to be lying when she says what she eats. It takes a heckuva lot of calories coming in to weigh that much and maintain it.
26 posted on 04/18/2002 11:58:44 AM PDT by SoDak
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To: shadowman99
Yep - RE: timing of this story.....today on our local radio station the host will interview some woman who is suing a fast food company (junk food, I think) for $50 million clams because it ruined her diet......
28 posted on 04/18/2002 12:01:10 PM PDT by goodnesswins
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
"I had to lift it to clean under it. And I would have to lay on the bed and have my daughter dry me off. But the skin was breaking down anyway. It had cracks that were open and bleeding. And the smell was atrocious,"

Do you think this might have had a negative affect on her sex life?

29 posted on 04/18/2002 12:01:30 PM PDT by Octar
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
And now, to divert attention from this revolting article:

For all intense purposes

This is the second time in half an hour that I have seen someone use this misspelling of "for all intents and purposes."

30 posted on 04/18/2002 12:03:02 PM PDT by giotto
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Someone had to be buying food for this woman, and serving it to her. How could she afford that much food on disability?
31 posted on 04/18/2002 12:03:06 PM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: giotto
I noticed that too, but I'm so used to stuff like that, I usually ignore it.
32 posted on 04/18/2002 12:03:58 PM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
She's got a ways to go, but give the gal her props. No matter how she got to such a state, losing 800 pounds is quite an accomplishment.
33 posted on 04/18/2002 12:05:02 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: AppyPappy
Well, admittedly she is still obese, but the difference between what she was and what she is now is truly remarkable. Considering the muscles she must have developed simply to sit up at her old weight, now that she is a third of her former maximum weight, she probably feels very energetic now. Yes, her weight can still kill her, but she probably added at least 10 years to her life by losing 800 pounds.
34 posted on 04/18/2002 12:07:10 PM PDT by DonQ
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To: Judith Anne
Bad food is cheap. This is a sad story.
35 posted on 04/18/2002 12:07:19 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
BTW - Govt money should not have been used here.

It's self control. I'm lucky to some degree since I have a damn good metabolism, but I'm also active. I can walk the Mackinac Bridge without breaking a sweat. I can still keep pace with the football players I coach. That's despite the fact that I'm probably in the worst shape I'm in now in about 8 years.

That's not the meat factory's fault. Not Guinness's fault. Not Mountain Dew's fault, and not the computer's fault. It's my fault for not having the same self control I had before, and it's my fault that I can't run a 5:50 mile anymore, and my fault that I lost my near washboard I had at 17.

That can change with simple hard work.

36 posted on 04/18/2002 12:07:38 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
WOW! What a GREAT accomplishment.
Very happy that this woman is off to such a fantastic start!
Look at that, she is working now too... seems to me she is a good example for someone using some Federal Money to become less (or not at all)dependant on Federal money! Isn't that part of what conservatives want?.. for people to get OFF Federal Money? (I know, I know, she shouldn't have had it to begin with ) She is a story of success.
I guess I would expect people to be cruel to a person who is that obese. It just is strange to me that some people are still cruel after hearing of a such monumental accomplishment! (and yes I know she is still obese)
Reminds me of grade school.
Any other cynical comments, poems or stories to be added to this thread? We don't yet have any fat jokes or photos.. must be a slow day.
(Flame away)...
37 posted on 04/18/2002 12:09:20 PM PDT by M0sby
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
This is so, so sad. Please, no jokes.
38 posted on 04/18/2002 12:10:55 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: sixtycyclehum
TAX THE FATTIES !!!

Hell no.

At 18 I was 185 pounds and 5'10. I was considered 'fat' by the doctor charts(20 pounds overweight by most standards)

I still ran a 5:50 mile, ran a 2.7 20, a 4.85 40, benched 260, power cleaned 190, and despite a bad back, squated 370.

Not bad for a fatso.

39 posted on 04/18/2002 12:11:20 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Oh brother...and I battle the love of food/wine and beer everyday to stay in a size 7/8.....
40 posted on 04/18/2002 12:11:42 PM PDT by geege
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To: Dan from Michigan
When you're immobile, weight just comes on even if you eat little. My mother cannot walk. I know exactly what she eats and when she eats it because I give it to her. I feed her healthy, small portions. No real snacks, once in a while a goody, but nothing outrageous. Since she's been this way, she's gained almost 30 pounds. It just happens.
41 posted on 04/18/2002 12:13:17 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Dan from Michigan
Stop blaming yourself... you'll get a complex or eat yourself up over the whole thing.


42 posted on 04/18/2002 12:15:19 PM PDT by let freedom sing
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To: Dan from Michigan
Same here, I'm 6'6 and weigh 290. By government standards I'm obese. But, I can squat 520, bench 320 and can walk ALL day chasing the wily ring-neck.
43 posted on 04/18/2002 12:17:12 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: Judith Anne; giotto
Speel Cheacker may have been broughten to us by Bill Gates but we steel hav to theenk fer arwrselves somwat. shoot, evan the best nuspapers do thees.
44 posted on 04/18/2002 12:18:19 PM PDT by Dust in the Wind
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To: Octar
Do you think this might have had a negative affect on her sex life?

I was trying to figure out how she could have one. Masturbation seems out of the question.

45 posted on 04/18/2002 12:22:54 PM PDT by Dave S
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To: AppyPappy
Perhaps it's 435 and dropping. They may have left that out.
46 posted on 04/18/2002 12:27:06 PM PDT by baseballfanjm
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To: M0sby
But Jeannette also has a part-time job with Domestic Violence Services and hopes to move into a new home soon.

Domestic Violence Services! I'd say she's still on the federal teat. How long would it take to pay $50 to $100 thousand, (just for the operation) in taxes, at a part-time job? She will never, unless she wins the lottery, come close to repaying what she has taken.

47 posted on 04/18/2002 12:27:21 PM PDT by Razz Barry
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To: SoDak
You might want to be careful of whose around when you use the phrase "chasing the wily ring-neck".
48 posted on 04/18/2002 12:31:23 PM PDT by Lost Highway
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I hate to say it but this woman's bathroom must be huge. I can just see now that her toilet would tend to disappear among the folds of fat.

Not that I really want to know but I wonder how she cleans up after a bowel movement.

50 posted on 04/18/2002 12:35:06 PM PDT by Dave S
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