Series 3: Programme 4
In this programme Dr Mark Hamilton meets Willie Carter, a 50 year old taxi driver from Tallaght, Co. Dublin whose weight has spiralled out of control. At nearly 35 stone, Willie is extremely obese, largely due to a diet of junk food and a sedentary lifestyle. Dr Mark drafts in help from a nutritionist, clinical psychologist, physiotherapist and hypnotherapist in an effort to help Willie tackle his weight problems and increase his life expectancy.
A diet of high fat food and sugary drinks combined with days driving a taxi is destroying his health. As his condition has deteriorated, food has become his main source of comfort, it's a downward spiral and right now Willie can't find a way out. A man's waistline should not be above 40 inches. Willie's is almost double this.
Results after first medical and fitness tests:
BMI 69.4 (Class III obese)
Healthy BMI 19 - 25
Willie is class III obese and therefore reducing his life expectancy by more than if he smoked.
Glucose 6.3 mmol/l
Healthy Level below 6.1 mmol/l
With a fasting glucose level above 6 Willie is likely to be heading towards Type 2 diabetes.
Healthy Level 140/80
A blood pressure of 160/98 puts Willie at risk of a stroke or heart attack.
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 58
Despite all the bad news, there is nothing wrong with Willie that can't be reversed.
8 Week Plan
- Slowly increase activity levels
- Move towards a healthy low fat diet using fresh food
- Begin sessions with a psychologist to start examining the way he uses food and why
Blood pressure 160/95 (previously 160/98)
BMI 66.4 (previously 69.4)
Weight 210kg (previously 220kg)
HADS anxiety score 3 (previously 7)
HADS depression score 2 (previously 17
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 68
MATER PRIVATE HEALTHCARE
Eccles Street, Dublin 7
01 885 8888
SCHOOL OF HEALTH & HUMAN PERFOMANCE
The Science Block, Dublin City University, Glasnevin.
The Auburn Medical Centre
Castleknock, Dublin 15
Margot is a consultant dietitian and nutritionist. She works privately and also with the IRISH NUTRITION AND DIETETIC INSTITUTE
INDI, Ashgrove House, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin.
Tel: 01 280 4839
Ruth Yoder currently works as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in St. Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin, half time in cardiac rehabilitation, and half time in weight management. Ruth also has a private practice in general clinical psychology.
Weight Management Clinic, St Colmicille's Hospital, Loughlinstown, County Dublin
Niamh works in a multidisciplinary team, which includes a dietician, a psychologist, and is overseen by a consultant endocrinologist.
John O'Sullivan, ADV.DIP.HYP, PSY.
John has a diploma in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy and is a member of the Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy.
Used to record metabolic rate, calorie expenditure, sleep patterns, etc.
Unit 4, Block 4b, Blanchardstown Corporate Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
01 824 2705.
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