Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Plus-Sized Women News

We had just read about  Sharon Mevsimler,  Britain's heaviest woman, who fed herself to death at 40 leaving behind a husband and 4 children.

To fight post-natal depression, she sought solace in food, junk food for precise, consuming more than 12,000 calories a day - 10,000 more than the recommended amount.
Her weight soon balloned to 285kg.

After she died, her specially strengthened hospital bed collapsed as she was being wheeled to the mortuary 2 Satudays ago.

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Then today, I came across Italy's full-figured woman as its latest beauty queen.  



Angela Scognamiglio, who weighs at 170kg, is the new Miss Chubby. (photo from Chinanews.com.cn)
Angela Scognamiglio, who weighs at 170kg, is the new Miss Chubby. (photo from Chinanews.com.cn)
Weighing 170kg, the title of Miss Chubby went to Angela Scognamiglio, 33-year-old from Naples, last Saturday night. She had beaten out 30 other contestants for the title.
As in all past 20 editions of the pageant, there is only one condition for entering: contestants have to weigh more than 100kg.

The contest was held in the Tuscany village of Forcoli, near the city of Pisa.
Contestants paraded before an audience of 2500 at a local hotel wearing evening gowns, or for those who cared to show more, swimwear for some. Some even dared a little striptease.

But the crucial moment in the contest was the weigh-in, stepping onto a giant red scale where everyone could see the result - with the roundest beauty clinching the title.
Instead of celebrating hourglass figure or stick-thin body frame, the beauty pageant sang praises for roundness and chubbiness.

And instead of jewelleries or endorsement deals, the winner got a huge cake that she could share with the rest.

The founder of the contest, Gianfranco Lazzereschi said the contest is a showcase for full figures. Why is it necessary to follow the dictates of what's beautiful?

He, with his way to deliver another kind of message about beauty.

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Yesterday, another news about big, big woman.

240-kg Woman Dies Five Months After Delivery
In this Feb 17, 2010 file picture Victoria Lacatus, 25, who weighed 528 pounds (240 kilograms), is lifted by fire fighters out of an ambulance in Bucharest, Romania, to a hospital where she gave birth by Caesarean section to a girl.
In this Feb 17, 2010 file picture Victoria Lacatus, 25, who weighed 528 pounds (240 kilograms), is lifted by fire fighters out of an ambulance in Bucharest, Romania, to a hospital where she gave birth by Caesarean section to a girl.

Relatives of Victoria Lacatus, a 25-year-old Romanian woman who weighed 240kg (528 pounds) when she gave birth to a baby girl more than five months ago, has died of a heart attack on Sunday after developing a high fever last week and breathing problems, media reported Monday.

She was hospitalized in her home town of Caracal in southern Romania before she was moved to the main regional hospital where she died.

Doctors from Craiova hospital in southern Romania said Lacatus' heart stopped.
Hospital manager Florin Petrescu said doctors tried to resuscitate Lacatus for 30 minutes, a task made difficult because of her extreme obesity.

Her sister Cristina Sosoiu told the daily Libertatea that after she gave birth by cesarean section to a 6.4 pounds (2.9 kilograms) baby girl on Feb. 18, Lacatus gained another 44 pounds (20 kilograms).
Doctors had told Lacatus to go on a diet but she apparently kept eating, the paper reported.

Nicolae Cernea, a doctor from the southern city of Craiova - where Lacatus was hospitalized for a month before delivery - said her case was unique in Romania.
Lacatus was transported from her village in southern Romania to Bucharest because the local hospital did not have any beds that could bear her weight.
While in hospital for the delivery, Lacatus was carefully monitored because she suffered from a thyroid problem and there was possibility of post-surgery complications because of her morbid obesity.

Florin Costandache, who helped perform the child-birth operation, said: “It was a real challenge because she needed four times the anesthetic a normal person needs.”

When Lacatus gave birth on Feb. 18, Dr. Daghni Rasasingham, of Britain's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London said the case was rare, given the mother's weight and height of 5 feet and 3 inches (1.6 meters).
Rasasingham said she would be at risk of clots, diabetes, post-birth bleeding and infection.

Her daughter, Anisoara, currently weighs just a little over 9 pounds (4 kilograms), the paper said.
She lives with her maternal grandmother.

It is not clear why the baby does not live with her father, Costica Lacatus, who is slimmer, weighing just 70kg.




3 comments:

RoseBelle said...

Whatever size you are, as long as you are happy and healthy, that's all that matters. Being overweight leads to many health problems, so it's something that should not be overlooked. It's not about being proud of who you are and your size but more of making sure you are also healthy and live a long life too.

Ummie said...

Yes, I thought so, too.

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