Well, the feeding part seems odd. But the tough thing about weight gain is that it's hard to say what exact weight is "too much"- excepting someone at 3% body fat and just ripped, there isn't a one of us who would be significantly changed by gaining or losing 5 pounds. Or 7 pounds... And at the risk of sounding mean spirited, owillis, you could stand to lose some weight yourself. But the thing is, you wouldn't be much worse off if you gained 20 pounds either; that is, it wouldn't make that huge a difference. In fact, if you gained it one pound at a time, you wouldn't even notice it, unless you saw before/after pics from a couple of months apart. That's why gaining weight is so easy and losing it is so tough- it happens gradually that it's tough to not gain and tough to stay motivated when you try to lose it.
I guess these people gain a little here, a little there- probably in childhood- and then at a certain point they realize they're quite heavy, but still within "return-to-normal" weight. So they don't change their lifestyle, and they add a little more, and a little more. Once they've got rolls of fat, approaching the 300 mark, they get pretty saddened by their weight, although they could still lose it. However, a pound here or there won't even be noticed, and because of their weight they're less active, which means they end up gorging more, which starts this vicious cycle. And quickly after that, they become so huge they pretty much will never lose the weight, and they give up. At which point, suicide is probably on their minds a lot, and the families aren't likely to have the stamina- feeling immense pity and frustration about their loved one's sealed fate- to be refusing them food at that point. Y'know, that's kinda like the ending of "Leaving Las Vegas", now that I think of it...posted by hincandenza at 12:45 AM on September 28, 2001
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