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Ahna Weston Final Paper MTV True Life : Obesity 1) a) Corey is the first person introduced in the episode. Corey is a 17 years old living in Missouri City, Texas weighing 400 pounds (size 60 pant) at 5 foot 6 inches tall, and struggling to manage his food addiction. Corey’s diet is made up of mainly fast food meals such as McDonald's, buffet food, and junk food. He explains that around 7th grade he had begun to see his weight gain in his face (double chin) and around 10th grade was when his weight began to truly increase into what he calls morbid obesity. Corey says “It’s too hard for me just to say, okay I’m not going to eat this anymore, although what I eat is a direct correlation to my size.” He understands how his diet factors and influence his obesity (p. 235, “Excessive accumulation of body fat”). Corey experiences illness intrusiveness (p. 340, “The extent to which a chronic illness disrupts an individual’s life by interfering with valued activities and interests and reducing perceptions of personal control, self-efficacy, and self-esteem”) from his weight and describes feeling imprisoned in his obesity. He experiences harassment about his weight during daily tasks such as walking his dog. While Corey was bullied at his previous school, peers at his current school are accepting of him. He mentions that the school has made accommodations for his weight, such as giving him a regular table and chair for a desk due to not being able to comfortably fit into the standard desk. His weight has an impact on his tasks at work, such as getting winded easily. Corey’s weight also prohibits him from certain activities
such as riding roller coasters due to the seat belts not buckling. Corey has made efforts in the past to lose weight by going cold turkey, diet pills, exercising, and eating differently resulting in no significant change. He learns about gastric bypass surgery and believes if he undergoes the operation he will have no excuse to binge eat or have cravings. He wants to have a gastric bypass surgery because he wants to ensure his future as well as his subjective well-being (p. 17, “The cognitive and emotional evaluations of a person’s life”). While Corey’s mother urges him to make healthier eating choices, Corey continues to binge eat because he believes the surgery will change the eating habits he struggles with. While Corey did do his own research on gastric bypass surgery, he is misinformed and unaware of the effort he will have to put in himself to lose weight in addition to the surgery. Some factors that have encouraged Corey’s behaviors are his binge eating disorder (p. 263, “An eating disorder in which a person frequently consumes unusually large amounts of food”), behavioral addiction (p. 273, “A new category of behaviors such as gambling that display the characteristics of substance abuse disorders”) to eating, and his lack of health literacy (p. 17, “The capacity to obtain and understand health information and services and to use them to make appropriate decisions about one’s health”).

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