Embarrassing Fat Bodies to show how Southampton's Spire Hospital operation helped Andy Hale lose 16 stone

Daily Echo: Slim line Andy Hale was 32 stone Slim line Andy Hale was 32 stone

HE IS literally half the man he used to be and tonight  he will be sharing his battle against the bulge with the nation.

With help from Southampton surgeons, Andy Hale has shed 16 stone in weight and hopes his fat busting success featured in tonight's Embarrassing Fat Bodies will inspire others to take action and get fit.

The 33-year-old went to Spire Southampton Hospital in a bid to get his life back and enjoy the sports he had been forced to give up due to his obesity.

From going under the knife in the city, to his recovery and eating habits after surgery, the Channel 4 show filmed his weight loss journey in a bid to highlight the health dangers linked to those who are seriously overweight.

Andy first waged war against the food in 2007, when he decided to have a gastric bypass at the hospital, but despite dropping from 32 stone to 16 stone, the weight started to creep back on.

Andy said: “Initially the weight was just coming off, and it was easy for me, but as time wore on I found my tolerances for foods I hadn't been able to eat after the operation increased, and slowly I began to eat more bad foods and the weight crept back on.

“I was around 22 stone when I spoke to my surgeon again, who suggested a new procedure which involved a much lower chance of relapse and would help me keep the weight off long term.”

So in March 2012 Andy returned to Spire Southampton Hospital where he was fitted with a Fobi Ring, a rigid ring that is fixed around the stomach and cannot be stretched or broken, which is when the cameras started rolling for the hit television series.

Since then he is back down to 16 stone and back playing his favourite sports.

Weight loss surgeon Michael Van Den Bossche, said “The results of Andy's revision procedure have been very positive and we are pleased to see that he has lost six stone so far, and he is very committed to maintaining a healthier outlook for the future.

“It is always a great feeling to see a success story such as this and we wish him all the best.”

Andy, from Watford, added: “My journey so far has not been easy. I know that there is no 'quick fix' but I feel that I am now taking a step in the right direction for a longer, healthier life.”

You can watch Andy's story on Channel 4 tonight from 9pm.

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8:16am Mon 28 Jan 13

nedscrumpo says...

"Programm" there is an "e" at the end echo spell-checker.
"Programm" there is an "e" at the end echo spell-checker. nedscrumpo
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8:32am Mon 28 Jan 13

Big Mac says...

Proof reader not out of bed yet then?
Proof reader not out of bed yet then? Big Mac
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8:46am Mon 28 Jan 13

bernard7 says...

Proof reader is probably off sick, he must have the toughest job going at the Daily Echo.
Proof reader is probably off sick, he must have the toughest job going at the Daily Echo. bernard7
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9:52am Mon 28 Jan 13

Lone Ranger. says...

Wow ....... what a smug threesome you are nedscrumpo,Big mac and bernard7.
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Picking up on a spelling mistake ...... Do you three actually have anything in your lives FFS.
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If your not happy with the odd mistake then dont bother logging on and go and read another site somewhere.
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Pathetic the three of you !!
Wow ....... what a smug threesome you are nedscrumpo,Big mac and bernard7. . Picking up on a spelling mistake ...... Do you three actually have anything in your lives FFS. . If your not happy with the odd mistake then dont bother logging on and go and read another site somewhere. . Pathetic the three of you !! Lone Ranger.
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10:00am Mon 28 Jan 13

Big Mac says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
Wow ....... what a smug threesome you are nedscrumpo,Big mac and bernard7.
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Picking up on a spelling mistake ...... Do you three actually have anything in your lives FFS.
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If your not happy with the odd mistake then dont bother logging on and go and read another site somewhere.
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Pathetic the three of you !!
And your valued contribution is?

Is it beyond reason for whoever prepares the copy and uploads to the site to check their work first? No, just pure laziness.

If the surgeon had been as slapdash with his work, who knows what the outcome may have been?

Oh and you put an extra full point in your earlier response.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: Wow ....... what a smug threesome you are nedscrumpo,Big mac and bernard7. . Picking up on a spelling mistake ...... Do you three actually have anything in your lives FFS. . If your not happy with the odd mistake then dont bother logging on and go and read another site somewhere. . Pathetic the three of you !![/p][/quote]And your valued contribution is? Is it beyond reason for whoever prepares the copy and uploads to the site to check their work first? No, just pure laziness. If the surgeon had been as slapdash with his work, who knows what the outcome may have been? Oh and you put an extra full point in your earlier response. Big Mac
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10:22am Mon 28 Jan 13

Lone Ranger. says...

Big Mac wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
Wow ....... what a smug threesome you are nedscrumpo,Big mac and bernard7.
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Picking up on a spelling mistake ...... Do you three actually have anything in your lives FFS.
.
If your not happy with the odd mistake then dont bother logging on and go and read another site somewhere.
.
Pathetic the three of you !!
And your valued contribution is?

Is it beyond reason for whoever prepares the copy and uploads to the site to check their work first? No, just pure laziness.

If the surgeon had been as slapdash with his work, who knows what the outcome may have been?

Oh and you put an extra full point in your earlier response.
As i said ...... Do you really have anything in your life .....
[quote][p][bold]Big Mac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: Wow ....... what a smug threesome you are nedscrumpo,Big mac and bernard7. . Picking up on a spelling mistake ...... Do you three actually have anything in your lives FFS. . If your not happy with the odd mistake then dont bother logging on and go and read another site somewhere. . Pathetic the three of you !![/p][/quote]And your valued contribution is? Is it beyond reason for whoever prepares the copy and uploads to the site to check their work first? No, just pure laziness. If the surgeon had been as slapdash with his work, who knows what the outcome may have been? Oh and you put an extra full point in your earlier response.[/p][/quote]As i said ...... Do you really have anything in your life ..... Lone Ranger.
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10:32am Mon 28 Jan 13

Torchie1 says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
Big Mac wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
Wow ....... what a smug threesome you are nedscrumpo,Big mac and bernard7.
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Picking up on a spelling mistake ...... Do you three actually have anything in your lives FFS.
.
If your not happy with the odd mistake then dont bother logging on and go and read another site somewhere.
.
Pathetic the three of you !!
And your valued contribution is?

Is it beyond reason for whoever prepares the copy and uploads to the site to check their work first? No, just pure laziness.

If the surgeon had been as slapdash with his work, who knows what the outcome may have been?

Oh and you put an extra full point in your earlier response.
As i said ...... Do you really have anything in your life .....
The sheer number of responses in your name should prompt you to ask yourself the same question?
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big Mac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: Wow ....... what a smug threesome you are nedscrumpo,Big mac and bernard7. . Picking up on a spelling mistake ...... Do you three actually have anything in your lives FFS. . If your not happy with the odd mistake then dont bother logging on and go and read another site somewhere. . Pathetic the three of you !![/p][/quote]And your valued contribution is? Is it beyond reason for whoever prepares the copy and uploads to the site to check their work first? No, just pure laziness. If the surgeon had been as slapdash with his work, who knows what the outcome may have been? Oh and you put an extra full point in your earlier response.[/p][/quote]As i said ...... Do you really have anything in your life .....[/p][/quote]The sheer number of responses in your name should prompt you to ask yourself the same question? Torchie1
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10:35am Mon 28 Jan 13

Beer Monster says...

Well done Andy, and good luck for the future
Well done Andy, and good luck for the future Beer Monster
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4:40pm Mon 28 Jan 13

George4th says...

I just don't see why all this surgery etc is necessary - you are what you eat! At least it was done privately.
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Why does the NHS have to be burdened with sorting out many people's inability to control what they are eating?!
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These people sorted it out so why can't the rest?

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I just don't see why all this surgery etc is necessary - you are what you eat! At least it was done privately. > Why does the NHS have to be burdened with sorting out many people's inability to control what they are eating?! > These people sorted it out so why can't the rest? http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2269020/Couple-addic ted-Burger-King-McDo nalds-lose-17st-ditc hing-takeaways.html http://www.dailymail .co.uk/femail/articl e-2189764/Married-co uple-say-I-don-t-tak eaways-shed-20-STONE -them.html George4th
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7:46pm Mon 28 Jan 13

freemantlegirl2 says...

George4th wrote:
I just don't see why all this surgery etc is necessary - you are what you eat! At least it was done privately.
>
Why does the NHS have to be burdened with sorting out many people's inability to control what they are eating?!
>
These people sorted it out so why can't the rest?

http://www.dailymail

.co.uk/news/article-

2269020/Couple-addic

ted-Burger-King-McDo

nalds-lose-17st-ditc

hing-takeaways.html


http://www.dailymail

.co.uk/femail/articl

e-2189764/Married-co

uple-say-I-don-t-tak

eaways-shed-20-STONE

-them.html
This ISN'T the NHS if you read it!.....

Besides, surgery is a much (and proven by research) cheaper option than managing diabetes and conditions associated with morbid obesity.

It is a disease and sadly oneof the biggest problems we face in our society today and costs the health service billions. The psychology of being overweight (and underweight) isn't 'easy' to tackle - if it were that simple there would be no fat or anorexic people...
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: I just don't see why all this surgery etc is necessary - you are what you eat! At least it was done privately. > Why does the NHS have to be burdened with sorting out many people's inability to control what they are eating?! > These people sorted it out so why can't the rest? http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2269020/Couple-addic ted-Burger-King-McDo nalds-lose-17st-ditc hing-takeaways.html http://www.dailymail .co.uk/femail/articl e-2189764/Married-co uple-say-I-don-t-tak eaways-shed-20-STONE -them.html[/p][/quote]This ISN'T the NHS if you read it!..... Besides, surgery is a much (and proven by research) cheaper option than managing diabetes and conditions associated with morbid obesity. It is a disease and sadly oneof the biggest problems we face in our society today and costs the health service billions. The psychology of being overweight (and underweight) isn't 'easy' to tackle - if it were that simple there would be no fat or anorexic people... freemantlegirl2
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10:32pm Mon 28 Jan 13

George4th says...

freemantlegirl2 wrote:
George4th wrote:
I just don't see why all this surgery etc is necessary - you are what you eat! At least it was done privately.
>
Why does the NHS have to be burdened with sorting out many people's inability to control what they are eating?!
>
These people sorted it out so why can't the rest?

http://www.dailymail


.co.uk/news/article-


2269020/Couple-addic


ted-Burger-King-McDo


nalds-lose-17st-ditc


hing-takeaways.html


http://www.dailymail


.co.uk/femail/articl


e-2189764/Married-co


uple-say-I-don-t-tak


eaways-shed-20-STONE


-them.html
This ISN'T the NHS if you read it!.....

Besides, surgery is a much (and proven by research) cheaper option than managing diabetes and conditions associated with morbid obesity.

It is a disease and sadly oneof the biggest problems we face in our society today and costs the health service billions. The psychology of being overweight (and underweight) isn't 'easy' to tackle - if it were that simple there would be no fat or anorexic people...
I did say "At least it was done privately."
>
I then moved onto the NHS! I resent all these people who continually make excuses for the fat people! The biggest advocates for treating people who are fat are the people whose jobs have grown out of this modern phenomena!

How come there aren't all these fat people in other countries! (With a few exceptions)

It's all down to what you eat - plus exercise helps you feel better about yourself............
........
[quote][p][bold]freemantlegirl2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: I just don't see why all this surgery etc is necessary - you are what you eat! At least it was done privately. > Why does the NHS have to be burdened with sorting out many people's inability to control what they are eating?! > These people sorted it out so why can't the rest? http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2269020/Couple-addic ted-Burger-King-McDo nalds-lose-17st-ditc hing-takeaways.html http://www.dailymail .co.uk/femail/articl e-2189764/Married-co uple-say-I-don-t-tak eaways-shed-20-STONE -them.html[/p][/quote]This ISN'T the NHS if you read it!..... Besides, surgery is a much (and proven by research) cheaper option than managing diabetes and conditions associated with morbid obesity. It is a disease and sadly oneof the biggest problems we face in our society today and costs the health service billions. The psychology of being overweight (and underweight) isn't 'easy' to tackle - if it were that simple there would be no fat or anorexic people...[/p][/quote]I did say "At least it was done privately." > I then moved onto the NHS! I resent all these people who continually make excuses for the fat people! The biggest advocates for treating people who are fat are the people whose jobs have grown out of this modern phenomena! How come there aren't all these fat people in other countries! (With a few exceptions) It's all down to what you eat - plus exercise helps you feel better about yourself............ ........ George4th
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