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Hi, how are you? Good, good, how are you doing? Very good. Francis Cerano is a young man who nkows he's at risk for a heart attack. When I was a young boy, People always said that by the time you're 20 you're gonna have a heart attack. And you could be dead. Well, I'm 28 now. So, what I'm afraid of is that I'm on borrowed time. Francis weighs more than 500 lbs. And that's who I am. I am morbidly obese, where it is almost certain that I will die because of my weight problem. How did Francis get to the point where he weighs this much? For some people, weight-gain is caused by hormonal conditions. But for Francis, a lifetime of overeating and lack of exercise resulted in his massive body. If you take fuel in, if you take food, you can either burn it, or you can store it. And the storage is sort of like a battery. You can run your battery out, but you have to have a place to store that energy. And those fat cells are where you store that energy. You take carbohydrate, you can take protein, and if you don't need it for fuel, you turn it into fat. And exercise, a good strategy for weight loss, strains the heart and lungs of an obese person. Too much for me, Joe. It's very frustrating, because I want to do more. I want to do so much more, but my body is the one telling me, "you gotta slow it down, you gotta slow it down." I'm running out of time. In order to quicken his weight loss, Francis has opted for a radical solution: A gastric bypass surgery. Basically what they're gonna do is make my stomach the size of a shot glass. And then re-connect my intestines to the new portion of my smaller stomach. Gastric bypass is a most common operation performed in the U.S. for weight loss. I think right now, we have it down to an art form. Our complication rates are very low. The outcomes are excellent. And I think it's here to stay. It's still considered a risky operation with one in 100 operations ending in death. For Francis we thought that we would want gastric bypass as a best operation. It has a consistent weight loss, and the first year, statistically, patients lose approximately patients lose 70-80% of your excess body weight So right now we're going to go ahead and close any stitches that we made and we're done with the operation. There's something that I'd like to share with you guys today. I underwent gastric bypass surgery. After one month, Francis has recovered from surgery and is much trimmer. Even so, this surgery is not a miracle. If Francis doesn't change his lifestyle, he won't continue to lose weight, and could even gain some back. "I wanted to continue to enjoy life..." Francis is feeling very optimistic that he'll be able to make the necessary changes. He knows he has a lot to live for. I don't plan to be a body builder, I just want to be healthy. I just want to be able to enjoy life.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 39 seconds
Country: Colombia
Language: English
Producer: NationalGeographic
Director: NationalGeographic
Views: 81
Posted by: jeffer17 on Jun 14, 2010

What are the physical stresses of weighing more than 500 lbs, and what steps can reverse it?

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