Issue #196 November 1, 2010

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* Mike and Molly: What’s Your Take?
* Devrom 2 for 1 Sale
* Hey, Skinny
* Recipe: White Bean Chili
* Success Story:  Your Story Here

Mike and Molly:
  What’s Your Take?

There was controversy this week over a blog posting on the website Marie Claire regarding the sitcom, Mike and Molly, CBS, Monday evenings.  I have seen the show several times and really like it. 

The show is about 2 plus-sized characters: Mike who is a policeman, and Molly who lives with her crazy and thin mother and sister.  They meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. They are in the process of falling in love and they do hug and kiss, as is to be expected. They also struggle with their weight – especially Mike who is constantly on a “small salad and cottage cheese – type diet.” By the way, we have been there with diets like that, and every time I see Mike order that, I shake my head because I know he is doomed to fail.  But enough about reality! This is a sitcom.

The controversy started when a blogger for Marie Claire expressed her disgust with having to see people who are “downright obese” being physical together.  She went on to add that she felt that programs like Mike and Molly promote obesity. She is grossed out not only seeing people who are afflicted with obesity kiss, but seeing them do anything.

Perhaps the blogger could lead a cause for the mass slaughter for anyone overweight.  Only the beautiful people should survive and procreate. Or how about if we put them all in special fat camps! Hmmm didn’t a little goose-stepping guy in Germany try something like that in the 1930’s?

I think why this bothers me so much is, even if we have lost our weight through weight loss surgery, that is the way people were looking at us, and that is how disgusted they were with us prior to surgery.  We should never tolerate such hate and bias toward anyone because of their weight, even if we are at our goal.  We have an obligation to speak out against it, because often those who are still struggling with their weight are too embarrassed. We have to speak for them. 

Here is the original post:
Should Fatties Get a Room?

The Obesity Action Coalition has information on their Facebook page and an opportunity for you to respond and discuss the issue with others: Click Here 

If you are not a member of Facebook, and want to send your comments to the Obesity Action Coalition, email them at

Hey, Skinny

Dear Barbara,
I have a question for you. Have you heard of a patient that has gotten too thin? Were they able to put any of the weight back on?  

Thanks, Jaime


Hi Jaime,
About every 2 or 3 months I will get an email like this.  So I think it is time that I included an article.

It is very rare for someone to get too thin because of weight loss surgery, and then not be able to regain weight so they are at a normal weight.  This might happen initially, but after many months, they have regained to a normal weight. Most of us experience rebound weight of 5 to 10 pounds, or more. 

There may be some people reading this who are thinking, “What’s the problem? I should be so lucky.” But just as there is concern over too much weight, there is also concern about too little weight.

So what is too little weight? For that we have to turn to the BMI charts. While we all know that a BMI over 40 classified us as morbidly obese, and qualified us for surgery; a BMI under 18.5 classifies you as underweight. This is a concern because it could indicate that you are prone to osteoporosis. It could also indicate that you are having trouble absorbing not only calories, but nutrients as well.  

Sometimes we think we are losing too much weight and are too thin because we have family and friends who are accustomed to seeing us heavy, not able to adjust to the new you. You may also feel very vulnerable without you fat to act as a buffer against the world.  Let your BMI be your guide.

If you are underweight, your doctor will probably first determine what you are eating and recommend an increase in calories.  Just like when you were trying to lose weight, you will probably have to track your food intake to determine how many calories sustain you, and from that, how many calories will cause you to gain weight. 

I wouldn’t try to regain without talking with your doctor. He or she or their nutritionist will guide you. 

By the way, in reference to this title, I have a very dear friend who was very thin her whole life.  She would be teased and called “Skinny Minnie” when she was a child. It was as hurtful to her as when people would call us “fatty.” So don’t assume that people who are thin are not sensitive about their weight.

To calculate your BMI, go to

I would love to hear from people who are more than 2 years post-op and have a problem being underweight. Please email me at

  White Bean Chili

I want to offer a special thanks to Amy Gabrielson and Kelsey Bratlie for the recipes they provided for the Center for Weight Management, St. Joseph’s Area Health Services, Park Rapids, MN. I spoke there recently at their annual patient event and they made some wonderful recipes.

White Bean Chili

Sauté in 1 Tbl oil:
¾ lb. boneless skinless chicken
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic chopped

Transfer to a slow cooker and stir in:
1 ½ cups water
1 15-oz can white kidney beans, drained
1 11-oz can corn
1 4-oz can green chilies
1 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
1 tsp. ground cumin

Cook in a slow cooker on low for 7 hours

Makes 6 servings. Nutritional value per serving:
212 calories, 5 grams fat, 26 grams carbs, 15 grams protein

If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future issues of this newsletter, please send it to me at

Success Story:

              Your Name Here

This is my favorite section. I love hearing from all of you, and how well you are doing.  However, I am totally out of success stories.  I have heard from a couple of you that you are going to send one in, but I haven’t received them to date. 

I hope that for the next newsletter we will see:

Your Success Story Here!!!

Send your success story with .jpg before and after photos to me at

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There are a variety of ways you can make a difference, but the first step is to become an OAC Member.  The great thing about OAC Membership is that you can be as involved as you would like.  Simply being a member contributes to the cause of obesity.


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