If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(New York Daily News)   He sounded fat   ( nydailynews.com) divider line
    More: Sad, Obesity, Buchel, Robert Buchel, fiance Kathryn Lemanski, TLC reality series, heart attack, Morbidly obese woman, fatal heart attack  
•       •       •

4733 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 02 Mar 2018 at 4:32 AM (20 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



29 Comments     (+0 »)
 
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
433 [TotalFark]
2018-03-02 04:28:12 AM  
"In a desperate bid at scoring more painkillers, he tore his surgery stitches."

Christ.  Godspeed, sir.
 
2018-03-02 05:13:43 AM  
Find a group of people whose lives are out of control and headed for early graves... and then make a TV show about it. Ghoulish. Do they also have a show about people who are struggling with suicidal impulses? Homeless heroin addicts?
 
2018-03-02 05:36:03 AM  
My 600-Lb. Death
 
2018-03-02 05:40:22 AM  
It was a really sad show.  He had been doing ok with weight loss until the lymphedema surgery when he went all crazy over painkillers again.  He started the show addicted to them.

I know on Fark fat people are mercilessly mocked, welcome to Fark and all that.  But most of the people on this show really want to change and need help.
 
2018-03-02 05:57:52 AM  

Marksrevenge: Find a group of people whose lives are out of control and headed for early graves... and then make a TV show about it. Ghoulish. Do they also have a show about people who are struggling with suicidal impulses? Homeless heroin addicts?


Why not?
 
2018-03-02 07:11:53 AM  

Marksrevenge: Find a group of people whose lives are out of control and headed for early graves... and then make a TV show about it. Ghoulish. Do they also have a show about people who are struggling with suicidal impulses? Homeless heroin addicts?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGwNI​b​NtRi4

Can't embed live stream.
 
2018-03-02 07:19:49 AM  
Tlc got exactly what they wanted .
 
2018-03-02 07:23:49 AM  
In general, I think my life sucks.

But then I read about so many people like this guy, with so many problems, I realize my life doesn't really suck all that much. It's just bland.

Bland is okay.
 
2018-03-02 07:27:48 AM  

Marksrevenge: Find a group of people whose lives are out of control and headed for early graves... and then make a TV show about it. Ghoulish. Do they also have a show about people who are struggling with suicidal impulses? Homeless heroin addicts?


Yes, it's called Intervention.
 
2018-03-02 07:57:24 AM  

cookiefleck: Marksrevenge: Find a group of people whose lives are out of control and headed for early graves... and then make a TV show about it. Ghoulish. Do they also have a show about people who are struggling with suicidal impulses? Homeless heroin addicts?

Yes, it's called Intervention.


I honestly did not know that, but I find myself depressingly unsurprised.
 
2018-03-02 08:05:45 AM  

Marksrevenge: Find a group of people whose lives are out of control and headed for early graves... and then make a TV show about it. Ghoulish. Do they also have a show about people who are struggling with suicidal impulses? Homeless heroin addicts?


I can tell you don't watch the show.  These people are in a horrible addiction spiral and Dr. Nowzaradan is one of the only people in the country who will treat them.  They uproot their lives to relocate to Houston in a desperate bid to change.  Most other doctors won't treat people their size and they're just given pain killers and sent on their way, which is why this guy was so addicted.

Dr. Nowzaradan has helped so many people regain control of their lives when everyone else has given up on them.  He has saved countless lives.  But the show is admittedly a car accident; horrifying, yet you can't look away.
 
2018-03-02 08:11:19 AM  

Spawn_of_Cthulhu: It was a really sad show.  He had been doing ok with weight loss until the lymphedema surgery when he went all crazy over painkillers again.  He started the show addicted to them.

I know on Fark fat people are mercilessly mocked, welcome to Fark and all that.  But most of the people on this show really want to change and need help.


I've seen this show (its a guilty pleasure).  I'm always wondering why that damn elf doctor doesn't set every last one of them up with therapy the second they walk through the door.  He waits till they fail and gain a ton of weight back and then nonchalantly says "oh we need to get you zerapy to deal wit your emotional izzues".  OBVIOUSLY these people have big issues they aren't managing well.  START with therapy!

Also saw this episode - That dude was an addict and they dropped him off dilaudid COLD TURKEY.  That doesn't sound medically advisable.
 
2018-03-02 08:29:06 AM  
"The person I was supposed to spend the rest of my life with"
Well, one of them accomplished that goal.
 
2018-03-02 08:42:17 AM  

idrow: Marksrevenge: Find a group of people whose lives are out of control and headed for early graves... and then make a TV show about it. Ghoulish. Do they also have a show about people who are struggling with suicidal impulses? Homeless heroin addicts?

I can tell you don't watch the show.  These people are in a horrible addiction spiral and Dr. Nowzaradan is one of the only people in the country who will treat them.  They uproot their lives to relocate to Houston in a desperate bid to change.  Most other doctors won't treat people their size and they're just given pain killers and sent on their way, which is why this guy was so addicted.

Dr. Nowzaradan has helped so many people regain control of their lives when everyone else has given up on them.  He has saved countless lives.  But the show is admittedly a car accident; horrifying, yet you can't look away.


This message brought to you by Dr. Nowzaradan.
 
2018-03-02 08:50:12 AM  

Marksrevenge: Find a group of people whose lives are out of control and headed for early graves... and then make a TV show about it. Ghoulish. Do they also have a show about people who are struggling with suicidal impulses? Homeless heroin addicts?


img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2018-03-02 09:04:46 AM  

ProcrastinationStation: Spawn_of_Cthulhu: It was a really sad show.  He had been doing ok with weight loss until the lymphedema surgery when he went all crazy over painkillers again.  He started the show addicted to them.

I know on Fark fat people are mercilessly mocked, welcome to Fark and all that.  But most of the people on this show really want to change and need help.

I've seen this show (its a guilty pleasure).  I'm always wondering why that damn elf doctor doesn't set every last one of them up with therapy the second they walk through the door.  He waits till they fail and gain a ton of weight back and then nonchalantly says "oh we need to get you zerapy to deal wit your emotional izzues".  OBVIOUSLY these people have big issues they aren't managing well.  START with therapy!

Also saw this episode - That dude was an addict and they dropped him off dilaudid COLD TURKEY.  That doesn't sound medically advisable.


I wondered that, too.  Why not make therapy the very first thing?  That doesn't make very much sense.  But they did have the guy on minimal pain medication at certain points.  But he was doing 8mg of dilaudid, which is a lot.  He's not even going to feel minimal pain medicine.

But, yeah, this show is a wicked guilty pleasure.  I usually sit down with some peanut m&m's and gawp at their enormity.  But by the end, I'm routing for them.  I almost puked at last week's ep where they found maggots in the woman's fat rolls.  That was too much, I almost turned that one off.  Almost.
 
2018-03-02 09:25:53 AM  
idrow: I wondered that, too. Why not make therapy the very first thing? That doesn't make very much sense. But they did have the guy on minimal pain medication at certain points. But he was doing 8mg of dilaudid, which is a lot. He's not even going to feel minimal pain medicine.
Exactly!  So why cut the guy off cold turkey? That just doesn't sound like a good medical decision.

But, yeah, this show is a wicked guilty pleasure. I usually sit down with some peanut m&m's and gawp at their enormity. But by the end, I'm routing for them. I almost puked at last week's ep where they found maggots in the woman's fat rolls. That was too much, I almost turned that one off. Almost.
Ok, I missed that... not sure I need to go back for it.....
And, just to mess with your brain a bit - Every.Single.Episode. starts with the fatty waking up and rolling out of bed to the bathroom.  Every damn one.
 
2018-03-02 10:13:26 AM  

Marksrevenge: Find a group of people whose lives are out of control and headed for early graves... and then make a TV show about it. Ghoulish. Do they also have a show about people who are struggling with suicidal impulses? Homeless heroin addicts?


Of course there are "reality" shows with those concepts.

This is America. Why wouldn't those shows exist?


/'Murica
 
2018-03-02 11:01:31 AM  
I know someone that worked on this show at some point. I am not sure what their technical title was (maybe a segment producer or something?), but they had to work with people on the show in between the filmed segments. Making sure people show up to appointments and managing accommodations... They have small production teams, so they did a lot...

Three takeaways I have from a long conversation about this show:

1) Most of the families and friends of the stars of this show (and others like it) are enablers, and just terrible selfish people that are largely obstacles to the people that genuinely want their lives to be better. They really do make it a point to try to make this clear on the show, and not just because of the drama.

2) Due to multiple factors, these people tend to wreck hotel rooms. Use your imagination. Did you use your imagination? Did you see it? Well, reality is worse than that.

3) A lot of the people that work on shows like this are just trying to the pay the bills, and they have no delusions about the exploitive nature of what they are doing, but genuinely hope that putting these stories out there will have a positive impact.
 
2018-03-02 11:03:56 AM  

Marksrevenge: Find a group of people whose lives are out of control and headed for early graves... and then make a TV show about it. Ghoulish. Do they also have a show about people who are struggling with suicidal impulses? Homeless heroin addicts?


You're not kidding.
And notice, TFA says "the first to die" (italics are mine).
 
2018-03-02 02:21:48 PM  
I noticed alot of these poor people were sexually abused as kids, so the therapy should start right away.
Cutting their stomach out helps, but they need to fix their head.
 
2018-03-02 02:56:38 PM  

ProcrastinationStation: idrow: I wondered that, too. Why not make therapy the very first thing? That doesn't make very much sense. But they did have the guy on minimal pain medication at certain points. But he was doing 8mg of dilaudid, which is a lot. He's not even going to feel minimal pain medicine.
Exactly!  So why cut the guy off cold turkey? That just doesn't sound like a good medical decision.

But, yeah, this show is a wicked guilty pleasure. I usually sit down with some peanut m&m's and gawp at their enormity. But by the end, I'm routing for them. I almost puked at last week's ep where they found maggots in the woman's fat rolls. That was too much, I almost turned that one off. Almost.
Ok, I missed that... not sure I need to go back for it.....
And, just to mess with your brain a bit - Every.Single.Episode. starts with the fatty waking up and rolling out of bed to the bathroom.  Every damn one.


Yep, either trying to roll themselves out of bed or the rag on a stick in the shower.  The show is one big car accident.
 
2018-03-02 04:12:56 PM  

idrow: Marksrevenge: Find a group of people whose lives are out of control and headed for early graves... and then make a TV show about it. Ghoulish. Do they also have a show about people who are struggling with suicidal impulses? Homeless heroin addicts?

I can tell you don't watch the show.  These people are in a horrible addiction spiral and Dr. Nowzaradan is one of the only people in the country who will treat them.  They uproot their lives to relocate to Houston in a desperate bid to change.  Most other doctors won't treat people their size and they're just given pain killers and sent on their way, which is why this guy was so addicted.

Dr. Nowzaradan has helped so many people regain control of their lives when everyone else has given up on them.  He has saved countless lives.  But the show is admittedly a car accident; horrifying, yet you can't look away.


I'm not going to be this show's devil's advocate - frankly, I die a little inside every time I watch it, and yes, I can't stop watching - but I can see the motivation and agency behind actually wanting to be on it.

Whenever there's something that I want to improve or accomplish, I have a tendency to seek an audience. I blogged my own fitness regimen, for instance, which is sort of a very low-key version of the same thing. I wasn't starting from 600 pounds, but I'd write something like, "Hey, look, I can run for half an hour without getting tired now. First 5K is in May!" It was about seeking support on social media. (God knows I wasn't getting it from my friends or family.) People would weigh in with their positive notes, and I'd feel as if I didn't want to disappoint them.

That's why there are these sobriety blogs and chemo blogs and mommy blogs and all the other blogs that say "I'm sharing my ordeal; validate me plz." There's this sense that you're less likely to fail if people are watching you. Invest other people in your goals, and you have a support group.

You're 600 pounds, you want to change, and your life is constant pain surrounded by enablers, it's natural to reach outside your own circle. These people are asking TLC to show up with a camera once a month as that investment. (And a paycheck.)

If it JUST looks salacious and exploitative, don't watch; the editing on these shows is appalling and always invents a narrative along the lines of "Look at how miserable I am; now look at how desperate I am; now look at how misunderstood I am; now look at how happy I am. Follow the soundtrack from minor key human tragedy to major key optimism! And look at how much the lighting in the home has improved as well! It was raining in the first scene but now the sun is out in the last scene!" It's like they don't even try to hide it. But I feel like these people are feeding themselves to TLC's exploitation machine for a reason.

Coming up next, on Hoarders...
 
2018-03-02 04:53:38 PM  

peasandcarrots: idrow: Marksrevenge: Find a group of people whose lives are out of control and headed for early graves... and then make a TV show about it. Ghoulish. Do they also have a show about people who are struggling with suicidal impulses? Homeless heroin addicts?

I can tell you don't watch the show.  These people are in a horrible addiction spiral and Dr. Nowzaradan is one of the only people in the country who will treat them.  They uproot their lives to relocate to Houston in a desperate bid to change.  Most other doctors won't treat people their size and they're just given pain killers and sent on their way, which is why this guy was so addicted.

Dr. Nowzaradan has helped so many people regain control of their lives when everyone else has given up on them.  He has saved countless lives.  But the show is admittedly a car accident; horrifying, yet you can't look away.

I'm not going to be this show's devil's advocate - frankly, I die a little inside every time I watch it, and yes, I can't stop watching - but I can see the motivation and agency behind actually wanting to be on it.

Whenever there's something that I want to improve or accomplish, I have a tendency to seek an audience. I blogged my own fitness regimen, for instance, which is sort of a very low-key version of the same thing. I wasn't starting from 600 pounds, but I'd write something like, "Hey, look, I can run for half an hour without getting tired now. First 5K is in May!" It was about seeking support on social media. (God knows I wasn't getting it from my friends or family.) People would weigh in with their positive notes, and I'd feel as if I didn't want to disappoint them.

That's why there are these sobriety blogs and chemo blogs and mommy blogs and all the other blogs that say "I'm sharing my ordeal; validate me plz." There's this sense that you're less likely to fail if people are watching you. Invest other people in your goals, and you have a support group.

You're 600 pounds, you want to change, and ...


I think that these people are desperate and this doctor is really the only one willing to work with patients that size.  I think the reason they agree to have it televised is that's what they need to do in order to get the life saving help they need.  These people hate an audience, they don't even like going grocery shopping because of the looks they get.

I understand that a lot of people do like the attention, but I really don't think that's the case here, it's not their motivation.  They don't want to be filmed in the shower or eating 4 pizzas when they're alone.  To most, this is their lifeline, their last hope to get their life back.  They know any day could be the last day they wake up.  Having their misery filmed and televised is a trade off.  I'm sure that doctor is booked solid and this is their only way to get his help.
 
2018-03-02 11:00:46 PM  

idrow: Marksrevenge: Find a group of people whose lives are out of control and headed for early graves... and then make a TV show about it. Ghoulish. Do they also have a show about people who are struggling with suicidal impulses? Homeless heroin addicts?

I can tell you don't watch the show.  These people are in a horrible addiction spiral and Dr. Nowzaradan is one of the only people in the country who will treat them.  They uproot their lives to relocate to Houston in a desperate bid to change.  Most other doctors won't treat people their size and they're just given pain killers and sent on their way, which is why this guy was so addicted.

Dr. Nowzaradan has helped so many people regain control of their lives when everyone else has given up on them.  He has saved countless lives.  But the show is admittedly a car accident; horrifying, yet you can't look away.


I remember catching one episode and it was so bad. The poor woman wanted to lose weight and underwent bypass surgey. But her husband was an emotionally abusive "feeder" who taunted his wife by purposely buying cheeseburgers and offering her some and eating it in front of her after her surgery.  He insulted his wife in front of their daughter to the point the young girl (probably around 11 years old) was yelling at her dad to leave her alone. The woman said she couldn't afford to leave him. And that's where the show ended. It was so disturbing I never watched another episode.
 
2018-03-02 11:12:09 PM  
It's not even the 842 lbs of body weight.  It's the internal organ fat that kills you. Body fat just gives you diabeetus and shame.
 
2018-03-02 11:46:28 PM  
TLC are legit, actual ghouls. Which is something that Don Hertzfeldt picked up on and mocked in his little animated short:

Don Hertzfeldt - Rejected Cartoons for Family Learning Channel
Youtube 4zuuX2zg7bQ
 
2018-03-03 08:05:47 AM  

4seasons85!: idrow: Marksrevenge: Find a group of people whose lives are out of control and headed for early graves... and then make a TV show about it. Ghoulish. Do they also have a show about people who are struggling with suicidal impulses? Homeless heroin addicts?

I can tell you don't watch the show.  These people are in a horrible addiction spiral and Dr. Nowzaradan is one of the only people in the country who will treat them.  They uproot their lives to relocate to Houston in a desperate bid to change.  Most other doctors won't treat people their size and they're just given pain killers and sent on their way, which is why this guy was so addicted.

Dr. Nowzaradan has helped so many people regain control of their lives when everyone else has given up on them.  He has saved countless lives.  But the show is admittedly a car accident; horrifying, yet you can't look away.

I remember catching one episode and it was so bad. The poor woman wanted to lose weight and underwent bypass surgey. But her husband was an emotionally abusive "feeder" who taunted his wife by purposely buying cheeseburgers and offering her some and eating it in front of her after her surgery.  He insulted his wife in front of their daughter to the point the young girl (probably around 11 years old) was yelling at her dad to leave her alone. The woman said she couldn't afford to leave him. And that's where the show ended. It was so disturbing I never watched another episode.


Oh, that was Zsalynn.  Her husband was a bastard.  He didn't love her, he loved how big she was.  Well, the good news is is that she divorced him and lost a lot more weight.  She lost enough to qualify for skin removal surgery and got that, too.  This show is about people turning their lives around and she did that.  They do follow up shows, 'where are they now?' type things.
 
2018-03-03 10:15:40 AM  

idrow: 4seasons85!: idrow: Marksrevenge: Find a group of people whose lives are out of control and headed for early graves... and then make a TV show about it. Ghoulish. Do they also have a show about people who are struggling with suicidal impulses? Homeless heroin addicts?

I can tell you don't watch the show.  These people are in a horrible addiction spiral and Dr. Nowzaradan is one of the only people in the country who will treat them.  They uproot their lives to relocate to Houston in a desperate bid to change.  Most other doctors won't treat people their size and they're just given pain killers and sent on their way, which is why this guy was so addicted.

Dr. Nowzaradan has helped so many people regain control of their lives when everyone else has given up on them.  He has saved countless lives.  But the show is admittedly a car accident; horrifying, yet you can't look away.

I remember catching one episode and it was so bad. The poor woman wanted to lose weight and underwent bypass surgey. But her husband was an emotionally abusive "feeder" who taunted his wife by purposely buying cheeseburgers and offering her some and eating it in front of her after her surgery.  He insulted his wife in front of their daughter to the point the young girl (probably around 11 years old) was yelling at her dad to leave her alone. The woman said she couldn't afford to leave him. And that's where the show ended. It was so disturbing I never watched another episode.

Oh, that was Zsalynn.  Her husband was a bastard.  He didn't love her, he loved how big she was.  Well, the good news is is that she divorced him and lost a lot more weight.  She lost enough to qualify for skin removal surgery and got that, too.  This show is about people turning their lives around and she did that.  They do follow up shows, 'where are they now?' type things.


Oh that's awesome news! Thanks for letting me know.
 
Displayed 29 of 29 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking

On Twitter





Top Commented
Javascript is required to view headlines in widget.
  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report