Big day for "inspirational" stories about the obese:
This guy was almost 1,100 pounds!
Deuel, 43, says it has been frustrating not to be able to lose weight and humiliating to be called names ? 'Fat Pat' was a common childhood taunt ? but he's not one to analyze a life defined by obesity.
"I always thought it was a problem that some people had and other people didn't like," he says simply.
Deuel was a fast-food junkie hooked on pizza, chips, beef jerky and chili dogs. He also gobbled down cherry blintzes and ambrosia (a creamy fruit, marshmallow and coconut concoction). Even now, his face brightens when he mentions his favorite foods.
While those days are over, Deuel doesn't believe in total deprivation.
He exercises with bar bells and weights, but still smokes (he's cut down to a pack a day), saying he can't kick two bad habits at once. And he defiantly refuses to consider any foods taboo.
"If you have a craving and don't take care of it, it's going to grow and grow and grow and it's going to make you do something stupid ? binge," he says.
That gastric bypass had a huge impact on his lifestyle decisions. . . .