No, the title of this post does not refer to me but to four individuals, three of which are classified as “super morbidly obese.” These individuals were spotlighted on a TLC documentary titled “I Eat 33,000 Calories A Day.” The show focused on two men and two women all of whom admit to being addicted to food. I heard at least three of them compare the food addiction to that of a drug addict. They even do whatever it takes to get their favorite foods when their loved ones are not available to do it for them. One man who is unable to leave his apartment would order food and lower a bucket with money down to the delivery person and the food was placed into the bucket in which he was able to pull up to his window.
One pound is made up of 3,500 calories. Consuming 33,000 calories in one day is eating about 9 pounds. When they placed the amount of food eaten on a table for each person, most of them couldn’t believe how much they were taking in. It was a shock to see the massive quantities of food just for one day. Food addiction is a tough battle just like any addiction. From what I could tell, each person used food as a comfort. Some even expressed feelings of euphoria when they binged and then a feeling of depression afterwards.
Their loved ones felt guilty for feeding them but wanted them to be happy. For one man, his family gave into whatever he wanted basically because if they didn’t feed him, he would just dial up delivery on his cell phone. It was interesting to watch and really made me more sensitive to what they are dealing with. It’s easy to sit up and criticize an overweight person until you truly understand what they deal with – an actual addiction. Hopefully, each of the people highlighted on the documentary will receive help.