Have you met Drew Manning, whose 15 minutes of fame were accomplished by going from a very healthy and muscular 193 lbs to an obese individual weighing 265 lbs, all in the span of six months?
As a personal fitness trainer, Drew’s dilemma was that he was unable to truly understand the position and connect with his overweight and obese clients. Drew decided, for six months, to gain as much weight as he could by consuming nothing but high caloric foods such as fast foods, pastas, sodas. He ate processed foods laden with high fructose corn syrup and packed full of sodium.
According to his wife, the 72 lb weight gain made him “lethargic, lazy and caused his relationship with his children to suffer”. He also supposedly lost a lot of his self -esteem.
As a guest on CNN, he claimed that the entire journey has made him less judgmental and he now possesses an understanding about his overweight clients that he didn’t have before.
Following his weight gain, Drew lost back the weight he had gained and you can see his youtube video here. His achievements are nonetheless impressive, but as a fitness trainer, Drew should have known that some things are indelible and some changes can be permanent.
Dr. Pamela Peeke, a regular contributor and Chief Medical Correspondent for Discovery Health, addressed his poorly chosen exploit on her blog. Dr. Peeke had a barrage of negative statements about his fit to fat to fit adventure.
First, Drew increased his lipids or fat cells. An obese individual has more fat cells than a skinnier individual. Even when the obese individual loses weight, the fat cells shrink but remain. Consequently, it is a lot harder for the obese individual to lose and maintain a regular weight than it is for an individual who has never been obese or overweight before.
Fatty Liver Disease
Second, by consuming a huge amount of high caloric foods while on his quest to gain fat, Drew has deposited fat on his internal organs including his heart and liver. This puts him at an increased risk for fatty liver diseases which range from cirrhosis to liver failure and cancer.
Last, Drew now has a higher propensity of getting high blood pressure. He has also picked up food addictions he didn’t have before. Additionally, “his genes have altered their genetic expression and impacting upon immune and metabolic functions” says Dr. Peeke.
As a fitness trainer, Drew should have been aware of the dramatic impact he would have put his body through. Perhaps everyone gets 15 minutes of fame but Drew is definitely playing with his life.