600 Pound Mum: Race Against Time

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 8.30pm, Dis­cov­ery Home & Health This is the tragic story of Do­minique Lanoise, a loving mother of six whose body­weight grew so out of con­trol that her doc­tors were at their wits’ end in a race to save her life. Of course bari­atric surgery would be the treat­ment of choice, how­ever sur­geons gen­er­ally con­sider 500 pounds (227kg) the max­i­mum weight at which they can op­er­ate. For 10 months doc­tors work with the woman trapped in­side her own bulk to get her weight down to the right level. In­cred­i­bly, when they weigh her on a spe­cial bed scale, Do­minique has gained 120 pounds. Dumb­founded staff ex­tract a con­fes­sion: us­ing the fuzzy logic mothers are fa­mous for, Do­minique has been sprin­kling her favourite Haitian meals, snuck in for her by a mate, with ap­petite sup­pres­sant pow­der, think­ing it would coun­ter­act the calo­ries. In the end, with its un­likely cen­tral char­ac­ter and her un­con­di­tion­ally loving fam­ily, 600 Pound Mum is a pro­foundly mov­ing fam­ily story.

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