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Safe to go below BMR on diet?

I've been cutting back on calories since late December, given the weight gain I've faced over the past year. I am still gaining weight. How low can I go? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Jun 17, 2014 - 33 answers

How to lose weight with core injuries?

I'm in physio and working on my core. But every time I try to exercise, I injure myself. I'm gaining weight like crazy and really can't afford to only do core exercises. Is there anything I could do to help lose weight? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Jun 1, 2014 - 27 answers

At my wit's end, weight-wise. Please help.

I've struggled with my weight all of my adult life. Now I'm 34 and I feel like I'm at my wit's end. I just can't bring myself to fix my diet. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 27, 2014 - 30 answers

Can you recommend good books on developing assertiveness?

I've spent nearly all my life people-pleasing and recently have become aware of some very serious consequences affecting nearly all my relationships. I have been discussing this with a therapist, and in short, I need to learn to stand up for myself at home and at work. My therapist said that there are a gazillion books on the subject, and I thought I'd consult MeFites for your recommendations. [more inside]
posted by angiep on Oct 2, 2013 - 12 answers

3 stacked dice = One serving of cheese

Like many modern US Americans, I've come to realize that I have a VERY inflated idea about what a "normal" portion size is. I need to get my head right, so that this is normal, not this. I want to be one of those people who gets nauseous at the very idea of eating too much food, and I want every tip/trick/mental hack/and idea in the book to do it! Tiny portion eaters of metafilter, please show me the way. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2013 - 43 answers

Will throwing money at it solve my problem?

I have $10k, chronic to severe depression & obesity. Can one cancel the other out? If so, how would you do it? Location Brisbane Australia. I rely on public transport, and have some flexibility with schedule. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Aug 18, 2013 - 50 answers

What options are there to help someone 65+ with serious health issues?

My mother-in-law is very ill. In short, she is suffering from obesity, diabetes, hoarding, incontinence and mental health issues. Her husband is beyond the end of his rope and is thinking of leaving her. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me not be bald!

I am a fat woman and my hair is thinning dramatically. What can I do to stop becoming a bald fat woman? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2013 - 28 answers

Help! Why are my blood sugar levels rising as weight falls?

Help! Why are my blood sugar levels rising as weight falls? [more inside]
posted by mmorelli on Sep 22, 2012 - 37 answers

soberness: it may be what I need, but it certainly ain't how I wanna be

I took a break from drinking for a month, and my appetite decreased dramatically. For the first time I can remember, I felt full from eating reasonable portions, and I no longer turned to snacking for alleviation of boredom or ennui. When I started drinking booze again, I was back to my previous habits. What happened, and why? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil on Apr 24, 2012 - 15 answers

take the blue pill and be svelte or take the twinkie and stay fat

Do bariatric specialists use Wellbutrin specifically to stop the craving for foods to help weight loss? [more inside]
posted by xetere on Jan 13, 2012 - 17 answers

Making over an ignorant introverted type

Help me find plus-sized interesting women's clothing, particularly tunics and short dresses, in the UK / online, given specific requirements. [more inside]
posted by toenail on Dec 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Many a hand has scaled the grand old face of the (weight loss) plateau...

Has anyone broke through a weight loss plateau and managed to maintain their progress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2011 - 13 answers

Looking for a specific blog, how strong is your GoogleFu?

Trying to find a specific article on a blog written by a woman who was formally obese, might have been linked to in a comment on Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by LOLcat on Nov 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Never too fat to run

What can I do to strengthen my knees and ankles to lesson the likelihood of a running injury? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Sep 27, 2011 - 35 answers

Is short term smoking worse than obesity?

Am I making excuses or is there a grain of logic behind smoking again to lose some weight? Details. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2011 - 28 answers

Cut the fat

My husband is approximately 80lbs overweight. I'm at the end of my rope. Advice? Inside the link is an extremely long post full of special snowflake details. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2011 - 64 answers

How do I avoid turning into my mom?

After seeing my mother suffer from myriad health problems due to her depression and obesity, I am freaking out that my destiny is written in my genes. Please help figure out how to change the things I can and accept the things I cannot. I also welcome stories/advice from children of unhealthy people who learned from their parents' mistakes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2011 - 17 answers

Looking for NPR show

I'm looking for an NPR segment or show that aired in the last year or so. In this story, the issues of diabetes and obesity on Native American reservations were discussed. [more inside]
posted by anansi on Jun 5, 2011 - 5 answers

How happy are German cows?

I'm heading over to Europe in a few weeks and I'm curious about the differences in food quality and food ingredients as compared to the U.S. What will I find there that might be emblematic of a different system or attitude toward food? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Apr 21, 2011 - 25 answers

Online forums/communities for older adults w/ diabetes & obesity

What are some good online forums/communities for older adults w/ diabetes & obesity? [more inside]
posted by jruckman on Mar 26, 2011 - 5 answers

Where can I find other kindred spirit exobese people on the internet?

I lost about one hundred pounds a few years ago. While I've mostly dealt with it on my own, I'd love to know of any online support groups of previously obese people. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Cause every firm is crazy about a sharp dressed [fat] man.

I'm a BIG guy looking to switch jobs and am very nervous about interviews, particularly first impressions. Maybe you can help. [more inside]
posted by playertobenamedlater on Nov 23, 2010 - 32 answers

Any health benefits through writing about Obesity?

I've being researching about well-being and achieving this through self-disclosure (Pennebaker style) I've been narrowing my scope down to focus on how Pennebaker's style of writing has helped obese patients overcome psychological issues associated with obesity similar to other works on alcoholics and victims of traumatic experiences. I'm not a Psychologist so a lot of the research out there is unknown to me, so does anyone know of any papers or authors that address this? I've looked around but it might help if i have a lead or somewhere to start.
posted by jbw on Sep 25, 2010 - 2 answers

Begone, Belly

What exercise should I add to my daily workout which will show visible results to my stomach? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2010 - 31 answers

Being neither overweight, nor a girl, nor a parent, I'm totally out of my depth here.

ParentingFilter: best approach for dealing with childhood obesity? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Aug 18, 2010 - 39 answers

Scheduled C-section: should I push back? How hard?

After ~37wks of baking, our Little Spark is soon to emerge. Sonogram last week shows breech, size estimates via same sonogram say ~8# so far. Doc is now advising/arranging scheduled C-section. I'm not sure it's the right thing. Can you help me determine if I should push back & how hard? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Aug 9, 2010 - 49 answers

How to Handle Weight With Tact?

If you have been obese, how do you prefer friends and acquaintances to approach the issue of weight and size when it comes up? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Jul 27, 2010 - 28 answers

The area under the curve of the obesity epidemic is my future?

Help me find a career path or course of study that combines the topic I'm interested in (obesity and public health) with the methods I enjoy (applied math and computer science). [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Jul 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Is my fetish dangerous?

I'm into heavier women, ranging from merely chubby going as far as morbid obesity. What are the health risks of being in each weight group, ranging from "overweight" to "morbidly obese?" [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2010 - 21 answers

Big furry angel bear needs a tiny workout.

How do I trim up an obese dog who has trouble standing up due to weight/muscle atrophy? [more inside]
posted by Vaike on Jun 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Is Southwest going to stop me from flying?

Is Southwest Airlines going to Kevin Smith me? [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 on Feb 25, 2010 - 22 answers

Obama's obesity task force

Anyone know who's on Michelle Obama's childhood obesity task force? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Feb 23, 2010 - 4 answers

I want to lose 100 pounds. Where do I start?

I want to lose 100 pounds. Where do I start? What can I expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2009 - 40 answers

Handling Drippy Food with a Non-Straight-Lined Torso?

I'm by nature a person who likes to keep myself looking neat. I'm having a logistical problem with that. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Oct 20, 2009 - 27 answers

Should I keep taking Adderall?

I was recently diagnosed with adult ADHD (inattentive type) and put on Adderall. I have very, very mixed feelings about this -- hopeful, because it seems to really be helping me in multiple areas of my life, but also anxious that it is a crutch that I can't use forever. Does anyone have any insight or anecdotes to help me either (1) feel better about being on Adderall, or (2) come up with an alternative plan to manage my issues? [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 on Oct 19, 2009 - 23 answers

How can I make a move of my unhealthy mother to San Francisco be successful?

I would like to move my schizoaffective, obese, diabetic, IBS mother to San Francisco from Maryland so I can help manage her health and get her healthy again. What resources should I look into? What problems should I anticipate? [more inside]
posted by fourmajor on Aug 12, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me find graphic details of health problems for overweight people

To keep myself motivated to loose the extra pounds, I'm looking for links to videos (or image heavy articles) about health problems caused, or made worse, by being being overweight/obese. [more inside]
posted by Gobo on Jul 19, 2009 - 7 answers

Weight gain causes amenorrhea because...?

How does weight gain cause you to stop having your period? [more inside]
posted by starbaby on Jun 22, 2009 - 9 answers

Picking a healthy weight after extreme weight loss

How do I know if I'm at a healthy weight, given some complications? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2009 - 14 answers

Hanging real low all over?

I am morbidly obese and honestly one of the things holding me back from attempting to lose the weight is sagging skin. I saw a little of that when I last shed 60lbs and this time I have 100 to lose. Will the sag through diet and going slow be as extreme as I have seen on tv with weight loss surgery. I cannot afford plastic surgery afterwards that they all seem to need.
posted by beautifulcheese on Mar 10, 2009 - 21 answers

Footcare for a non-bendy person.

A dear friend of mine is morbidly obese. He has a variety of medical issues which are mostly being addressed. He has several related issues that are not - mostly hygiene related. Help me help him. (possible squick inside). [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Oct 26, 2008 - 12 answers

Why Is Obesity Help Often Excluded By Health Insurers?

Why do medical insurers treat obesity different than other vices? Not a GYOB (I've got one); I literally don't understand the facts of the situation. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Oct 20, 2008 - 20 answers

Collegial concern: going too far?

Collegial concern: going too far? One of our workmates is so grossly overweight that we're fearful for him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2008 - 51 answers

Don't harpoon the beached whale!

Fat girl + hot climates = potential badness. Help a gal feel comfortable without grossing anyone out. (Apologies for long explanation/details) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2008 - 56 answers

Help whip my post-obesity body into shape

I used to be obese. I have lost about 80 pounds out of my goal of 100 lost, and am struggling to lose the rest. My body, even though I am in my mid 20s, is now a complete mess. I am covered in stretch marks from head to toe. I’m hardly exaggerating. They start at my shoulders and don’t let up until my calves. I have big hanging flaps of skin and fat under my arms. Some bits of stretch marks and loose skin on my tummy, hips, thighs, and rear. I look like I had a baby or four. My breasts sag and are also covered in stretch marks. I’m aware that I’ll likely only ever look normal by plastic surgery, but what I am looking for is how to improve my body as much as I can through accessible methods until I can begin to afford surgery (or better, avoid it). I’ve tried searching Google and here, but I can’t seem to find the right information. Lots of questions/background inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2008 - 34 answers

'Cause Every Girl's Crazy 'Bout a Sharp-Dressed Man

I'm a very overweight man in my early to mid-thirties, and I would appreciate your advice as to how to dress in a way that's complementary to me for social situations (such as going to clubs, bars, lectures, etc.). More inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on May 23, 2008 - 27 answers

Obesity causing skin discoloration?

Can extreme obesity cause facial skin discoloration? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on May 17, 2008 - 4 answers

Help, I need motivation to lose weight.

I'm fat and diabetic. My first year after diagnosis I lost 50 lbs and stuck to my diet. How do I stick to it for the long term? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2008 - 20 answers

Obesity vs. income?

Is obesity actually rare among high-income people compared to low-income people? Or is this a stereotype? And if many high-income folks are in fact slim, does the availability of more wholesome foods really explain it all? One would think that a big bank account would buy pantries full of richer, tastier food that's harder to resist than the cheap stuff.
posted by tinkertown on Mar 11, 2008 - 20 answers

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