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How did this prisoner gain 190lbs in prison?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 06, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Ronald Post, Obese Death Row Inmate, Fights Execution In Ohio

So, the legal side of the article is interesting as it is, but that's a discussion for a legalhacks site. ;-)

In the nutrition and health side, some points stood out.

The Ohio prison system would not comment on how Post gained so much weight behind bars. They said meals are served in reasonable portions and seconds are not allowed, and they provided copies of prison menus that list healthier options such as low-fat milk, vegetarian patties and mixed vegetables.

and

Inmates can buy sweet and salty snacks from the commissary.

So, what mechanism most caused this prisoner to gain 190lbs? Not all prisoners get fat, or even this fat.

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on December 10, 2012
at 04:25 AM

Surely the effect is negligble, in this context. A whole foods 'paleo' diet with meat, ceteris paribus would not be all that different in terms of weight increase comparwed to a diet where meat was from from pasure rasied animals. Lots of things 'keep us lean' too, grasws fed beef doesn't need to be one of the,m

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 07, 2012
at 11:59 AM

Absolutely. Grassfed beef contains CLA which helps us stay lean.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 07, 2012
at 11:58 AM

Realize that these "snacks" and crap in a box foods are designed to sell more of the same, so they are hyper palatable, addictive, and non-satiating on purpose. It might well be the case that he was aware the crap he was eating was causing his obesity, but wasn't able to control the addiction cravings once the addiction set in.

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on December 07, 2012
at 05:17 AM

Grass-fed beef is better for you. It reduces the inflammation in the body. Even if he had grain-fed beef, it would be better than industrially processed food. However, grass-fed beef is a god sent for people who want to reduce their overall inflammation.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on December 06, 2012
at 08:24 PM

I agree it is probably incredibly inflammatory, but he looks so big I have to imagine he does have some sort of pre-disposition of sorts, since others eat the same crap and stay fit.

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on December 06, 2012
at 08:11 PM

A boatload of soy, wheat, dairy, Omega-6 and, possibly, intelligence. The guy was already overweight. I'd imagine it's plausible he had an intuitive sense of what made him fat and he just went with it. It is also plausible he was just metabolically more sensitive. In either case, they feed the prisoners a very inflammatory diet.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on December 07, 2012
at 11:58 AM

Realize that these "snacks" and crap in a box foods are designed to sell more of the same, so they are hyper palatable, addictive, and non-satiating on purpose. It might well be the case that he was aware the crap he was eating was causing his obesity, but wasn't able to control the addiction cravings once the addiction set in.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on December 06, 2012
at 08:24 PM

I agree it is probably incredibly inflammatory, but he looks so big I have to imagine he does have some sort of pre-disposition of sorts, since others eat the same crap and stay fit.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on December 06, 2012
at 08:50 PM

Pro-inflammatory foods. Pasteurized dairy. Processed foods. Vegetable oils. Additives and preservatives. Snacks. Boredom. Altered gut bacteria, possible SIBO. No grass-fed meat. No organ meats or fermented foods. Lack of fresh organic vegetables.

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Bd14681a6ae631b5b13033a4e1ebf7f4

on December 07, 2012
at 04:53 AM

Do ppl really think a factor in someone getting fat is 'no grass fed beef'? lol

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on December 07, 2012
at 05:17 AM

Grass-fed beef is better for you. It reduces the inflammation in the body. Even if he had grain-fed beef, it would be better than industrially processed food. However, grass-fed beef is a god sent for people who want to reduce their overall inflammation.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on December 07, 2012
at 11:59 AM

Absolutely. Grassfed beef contains CLA which helps us stay lean.

Bd14681a6ae631b5b13033a4e1ebf7f4

(20)

on December 10, 2012
at 04:25 AM

Surely the effect is negligble, in this context. A whole foods 'paleo' diet with meat, ceteris paribus would not be all that different in terms of weight increase comparwed to a diet where meat was from from pasure rasied animals. Lots of things 'keep us lean' too, grasws fed beef doesn't need to be one of the,m

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78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

on December 07, 2012
at 04:28 AM

Maybe instead of engaging in underground illegal drug activity, he bartered for packets of sugar. It's what all the cool kids are doing these days. I just can't see how someone can gain so much weight without eating outside of normally regulated meals.

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on December 06, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Of the foods choices he had, he probably chose the more destructive options. Not too mention, I'm willing to bet he bought a great deal of sweet and salty snacks on the side.

To add to the poor diet, I'm sure he never exercised, and spent his time outside sitting down rather than participating in the activities that were offered.

Given he was already overweight + possible poor food choices in prison + little to no exercise + the stress he most likely felt behind bars = Extreme weight gain.

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on December 07, 2012
at 04:24 AM

How do obese Americans become that way eating a "healthy" low fat diet. Grains, PUFAS, sugar and repeat. You don't need to overeat to become obese if you're predisposed to insulin resistance through genetics and environmental toxins.

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