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Thread #141739   Message #3264210
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
27-Nov-11 - 09:41 AM
Thread Name: BS: UK women are 'fattest in Europe'
Subject: RE: BS: UK women are 'fattest in Europe'
One of the biggest surprises old age has had for me is how little medical science knows about anything.

My weight problem puzzled me most of my life. Even as akid I could never run like other kids. I was quite fit - I used to cycle ten miles a day to school.

As I got older though and became more sedentary, the weight problems grew worse. Three or four times I pursued diets that helped me to shed more than four stones. Not much fun in eating, on a thousand calories a day. I've spent years at a time doing that.

It was only when I developed a heart condition in my mid fifties that they put some radioactive stuff in my blood, x rayed me, and discovered that I had an artery that was abnormally sited. It should have gone into an auricle, but it went into a ventricle. A condition that is usually discovered post mortem. If you don't get the right amount of oxygenated blood to your heart. You don't have the same access to energy.

I'm pretty sure I inherited this from my Mother, I think she had the same thing but it was misdiagnosed as rheumatic fever.

I bet there are a lot of very similar medical conditions that drain the energy of people and stop them from using up a normal amount of calories in a day. And I think these eventually will be proved to be at the root of weight problems.

that was at the root of my problem and it has given me an insight into my own life, and explained so many things I couldn't account for. Like for instance really fat kids could run a race. I couldn't, and PE teachers used to put it down to laziness - but every race i ever entered I was last in.

the human body is very mysterious and none of us are lazy villains. The only thing that holds us back is our ignorance.