Obese Contestant Of Reality Show Hospitalized Due To Dehydration

November 19th, 2010 - 8:03 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

November 19, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): A reality show called ‘Obese’ to be aired on ABC had all eyes turned to it for the wrong reasons this week. TMZ.com reports that a contestant on the show which focuses on how to lose weight at home, had to be hospitalized over the weekend. The incident took place in Oklahoma City and casts aspersions about the credibility of the show.

LaRhonda Darby, a 25 year old contestant had to be admitted to the hospital on account of extreme dehydration. She had been one of the eight obese participants of the show. Darby had been on diuretics which had been prescribed for her. She woke up on Saturday morning feeling lightheaded and stiffened by leg cramps. Her sister-in-law then decided to contact 911 as she wasn’t too confident of handling a medical emergency.

The authorities concerned with the show stated that Darby’s condition had been aggravated due to her medically prescribed drugs and was not related to her weight loss regime.

Dr. Tamara R. Kuittinen who serves as the medical director in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Lenox Hill Hospital, says that dehydration can cause severe medical repercussions and Darby’s weight loss might well have aggravated her condition. Exercising can result in fluid loss which has to be replenished immediately stated Dr. Kuittinen. Darby was treated with fluids and discharged from the hospital.

The show ‘Obese’ will encourage the participants to lose weight and change their lives for the better. They will also be encouraged to lead responsible and productive lives said a statement given out by 3Ball productions.

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