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CountAlucard 18-09-2005 19:42

'Inside Britain's Fattest Man' Sky One 26/9/05
 
I remember seeing this guy on an ITV documentary called-I think-'Britain's Fattest Man'. Apparently, he has decided to do something about his weight (I apologise for the long post, but it's an interesting article!).

From 'The Observer' 18/9/05

'Barry Austin, who is believed to be the fattest man in Britain, has decided to turn his life around; he has cut his daily intake from 29,000 calories to 1,500 in an effort to lose some of his 50-stone bulk.
It will be a challenge but, he says, 'I put the weight on, I can lose it.'

What has caused such a dramatic shift of attitude in a man who would once eat nine curries and down up to 40 pints of lager in one sitting? A television programme. Tempted by the offer of a full medical check-up, Austin volunteered to appear in a programme that would examine the science of obesity. Inside Britain's Fattest Man, to be screened next Monday on Sky One, examines the effects on the body of being morbidly obese and compares Barry's organs to average people.'

'...The tests showed:

Heart: Austin's heart does not rest even when relaxing. It pumps harder than an average man's heart when walking up a hill and the smallest exertion can cause a massive increase in heart rate.

Blood: His blood was full of glucose molecules from fizzy drinks and junk food. He had a third more fat in his bloodstream than an average man's.

Liver: An average-sized person's liver weighs about 3lb; Austin's weighs 8lb and is black and covered in fat.

Diabetes: Austin was diagnosed as having Type II diabetes, linked to his weight.

Sleeping: Someone who is obese has difficulty breathing when sleeping because of the pressure put on his lungs when lying down. A normal sized man could take in six litres of air in a deep breath, Austin manages three.

A specialist nurse, Wendy Waller, who saw Austin through the tests, said that, although he was an extreme case, one in five adults was obese and would suffer some or all of the complications. 'There are also the mental problems,' said Waller, who helps prepare patients for obesity surgery. 'Three out of five of the patients I see have suffered some form of neglect, abuse or trauma in their lives. Barry was depressed about his size and what it meant he couldn't do.'

'...His weight problem arose because of years entering eating and drinking competitions to win prizes for him and his friends. Until recently he would eat a fry-up for breakfast with 1lb of bacon and sausage, six to eight eggs and fried bread, have fish and chips for lunch and curry for dinner, while snacking on up to 20 packets of crisps a day. Since the programme he has cut down to a bacon sandwich - two pieces of bread, two pieces of bacon and one egg - a chicken salad sandwich for lunch, a lean dinner and litres of water.

He said he hopes to appear on television again when he has lost the weight to show people what can be done. He said he chose to take part in the programme to highlight that it was a disease and that people should seek help.'


'...Dr Andrew Hill, a psychologist at Leeds University medical school and former chair of the Association for the Study of Obesity, said there was a belief that overeating was within people's self-control and so obesity was a failure. 'The degree to which we have control over our weight is overestimated,' he said. 'You only need to eat 2 or 3 per cent more than another person over a period of time and you will gain weight. We live in a society where we are surrounded by the marketing of delicious high-caloried food and that encourages obesity.'

Hill said there were questions to be asked about Sky putting on such a show. He said: 'There does seem to be a move by broadcasters to focus on people who are distressed in rather a bleak way. I wonder if the people highlighted realise the consequence of their actions.'

But Mark Carter, Sky producer and director, said: 'Barry is happy with the programme. It is entertaining but hammers home the message of what indulgences do.''

mromega 18-09-2005 20:12

Don't think the article mentions it, but Hamster, sorry Richard Hammond is presenting the show.

SlashNX 18-09-2005 21:11

any pictures of him?

oohlalaura 18-09-2005 21:21

29,000 calories a day?? How is that even possible? A 12 inch pepperoni pizza (a normal persons portion is half this) has about 1100 calories, so thats like eats 27 pizzas per day! Or alternatively

290 medium sized eggs

580 small, thin slices of wholemeal bread

Even a mcchicken sandwich meal at mcdonalds is 1500 calories (3/4 of a average womans daily allowance of calories), surely he doesn't eat 19 of these per day? Think of the expense! How would you be able to afford to eat that amount?

cute chick 20-09-2005 00:20

He obviously earns too much! I just don't get how he'd have room for 29,000 calories worth of food every day? It's amazing his stomach hasn't exploded! :eek:

CountAlucard 23-09-2005 21:36

...apparently, he has to take five dumps a day, too.

*Duncan* 23-09-2005 22:00

There was a discussion about this show on Radio Four this afternoon.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/themessage.shtml

blueblade 24-09-2005 11:48

Gordon Bennett ~ it just doesn't bear thinking about.

I really feel sorry for the poor guy, and wish him every success in his endeavours to lose weight.

tellyadict 24-09-2005 12:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by CountAlucard
...apparently, he has to take five dumps a day, too.


Oh my :eek:

How big is the loo he uses. I bet your average crapper could not take the weight

FriendlyGoat 24-09-2005 13:33

Sounds terrifying. Bet it stinks in there too.

Tenesmus 04-10-2005 07:50

Quote:

Originally Posted by cute chick
He obviously earns too much! I just don't get how he'd have room for 29,000 calories worth of food every day? It's amazing his stomach hasn't exploded! :eek:

They didn't mention it at all, but it appears he doesn't "earn" anything. So he's either independently wealthy (ahem) or we're paying for it.

nikproffitt 04-10-2005 08:42

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tenesmus
They didn't mention it at all, but it appears he doesn't "earn" anything. So he's either independently wealthy (ahem) or we're paying for it.

we're probably paying for it by putting the fat git on tv. Wasn't he on a show before, is this the Birmingham City fan or the one with the wierd hair who always talks in the third person?

timeleft 04-10-2005 10:42

That has to be exagerated. At 29k cals he's eating enough to gain 6lbs every day.:eek::eek:

gemini666 04-10-2005 11:21

Quote:

Originally Posted by nikproffitt
we're probably paying for it by putting the fat git on tv. Wasn't he on a show before, is this the Birmingham City fan or the one with the wierd hair who always talks in the third person?

The one who speaks in the third person is called Jack, I think....he called his hair 'Jack's creation'.
It looked like insulating tape moulded to his head as far as I could see. And he was devastated that Barry weighed more than he did!

nikproffitt 04-10-2005 11:37

Quote:

Originally Posted by gemini666
The one who speaks in the third person is called Jack, I think....he called his hair 'Jack's creation'.
It looked like insulating tape moulded to his head as far as I could see. And he was devastated that Barry weighed more than he did!

I remember that show, so it is the one from Birmingham in this show then.

I think I've seen him on a bus once

flesh-was-sweet 29-12-2006 14:19

Hey does anyone know whatever happened to Barry Austin??

Inside Britain's Fattest Man was repeated last night, reminded me of the whole story - did he lose the weight??

Terry Wigon 29-12-2006 14:22

Quote:

Originally Posted by gemini666
The one who speaks in the third person is called Jack, I think....he called his hair 'Jack's creation'.
It looked like insulating tape moulded to his head as far as I could see. And he was devastated that Barry weighed more than he did!


He's dead now, I think.

yorkshire1 29-12-2006 14:40

jack
 
Hi I believe Jack, from Bradford is dead, dont think the Brummie is though, hope he gets well

dentures 29-12-2006 15:26

Jack died earlier this year.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...026981,00.html

Alfster 29-12-2006 16:56

I went to the same infant school as Barry Austin. He was an overly chubby kid then and used to have a single banana for lunch.

Did not go to Junior school with him (or Senior school I think :confused: ) as he was from a chavvier area and I was in higher sets than him.

He was a bit of a minor bully but one can see that came from his weight problem etc and it wasn't a major thing. (phew, got away with ' not saying the phrase 'he just threw his weight around)...darn. :D

Our crossed passed a while after that but the next time I saw him was on that programme with Jack and his hair-do.

Comes to something when you can be 'famous' for just being fat.


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