She lost 139 pounds

There are 18 comments on the Aug 3, 2011, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution story titled She lost 139 pounds. In it, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that:

Yolanda Silveri weighed 271 pounds when this photo was taken in January 2010. She says after attending her 10th high school reunion, she felt stuck living a life that she did not want.

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Peter

Overland Park, KS

#1 Aug 6, 2011
must have kicked her off food stamps
Larry

Carrollton, GA

#2 Aug 6, 2011
Peter wrote:
must have kicked her off food stamps
Now, dad gummit, that right there was funny.
miajoon

Douglasville, GA

#3 Aug 6, 2011
Peter wrote:
must have kicked her off food stamps
My guess is she has never been on food stamps.

The lady is a teacher, which means she graduated college with at least a bachelor's degree. Based on your mentality, I'll bet you can't say that.

She also overcame a lifetime struggle with her weight and lost half of herself. Have you ever done anything that difficult?

Intelligent people applaud the success of others, not make ignorant jokes.

Since: Apr 11

Carrollton, GA

#4 Aug 6, 2011
If you notice in the after photo, she was involved in a race.
Exercise is the key to any weight loss program.
There is no excuse for someone to 100+ pounds overweight. In my experience, it all comes down to laziness.
The first step is to admit that you are overweight because you eat TOO much, probably bad food, and you do not exercise. Even people who are disabled can exercise and maintain there weight.
william

Carrollton, GA

#5 Aug 6, 2011
I bet she is throwing that stuff out both sides of her drawers now.
tubby

Tallapoosa, GA

#6 Aug 6, 2011
She gained it by herself so it was up to her to lose it.No sympathy here for anyone that is that FLUFFY.
JustMe

Searcy, AR

#7 Aug 7, 2011
Sweet Kiki wrote:
If you notice in the after photo, she was involved in a race.
Exercise is the key to any weight loss program.
There is no excuse for someone to 100+ pounds overweight. In my experience, it all comes down to laziness.
The first step is to admit that you are overweight because you eat TOO much, probably bad food, and you do not exercise. Even people who are disabled can exercise and maintain there weight.
Never mind endocrine disorders, since in your experience it comes down to laziness.

Exercising isn't the only key for weight loss. It's just one part of the solution.

Did you know that some people gain weight because they do not eat enough?

Since: Apr 11

Carrollton, GA

#8 Aug 7, 2011
JustMe wrote:
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Never mind endocrine disorders, since in your experience it comes down to laziness.
Exercising isn't the only key for weight loss. It's just one part of the solution.
Did you know that some people gain weight because they do not eat enough?
Endocrine disorders are very rare and do not always cause weight gain, they are generally the first straw obese people grab when confronted by health care providers.
No, it you take in 1000 calories daily and moderate exercise for 20-30 minutes you cannot gain weight. You may slow down losing weight because your body may shift into "starvation mode".
America's obese have found every excuse, "big bones", " living under power lines" and there are all sorts of odd statements I have heard.
The first step in weight lose IS exercise, noticed I said "first step", many patients can continue their current diets if they would just begin an exercise program but in order to lose weight generally you must modify your diet.
Its all in your mind, quit making excuses for the fact that you overeat food that is bad for you and stop the laziness and exercise!

“I know, right!”

Since: Nov 08

I'm a Georgia Gal!

#9 Aug 7, 2011
I ran across an article recently where the State of Virginia is paying all medical costs for a morbidly obese woman to have gastric bypass surgery. What's wrong with this picture?
Peter wrote:
must have kicked her off food stamps

daw

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#10 Aug 7, 2011
Kindred Spirit wrote:
I ran across an article recently where the State of Virginia is paying all medical costs for a morbidly obese woman to have gastric bypass surgery. What's wrong with this picture?
<quoted text>
"Ditto".
william

Carrollton, GA

#11 Aug 7, 2011
Kindred Spirit wrote:
I ran across an article recently where the State of Virginia is paying all medical costs for a morbidly obese woman to have gastric bypass surgery. What's wrong with this picture?
<quoted text>
she may be getting $15,000 a month in food stamps
Kiki

Fairfield, CA

#12 Aug 8, 2011
Kindred Spirit wrote:
I ran across an article recently where the State of Virginia is paying all medical costs for a morbidly obese woman to have gastric bypass surgery. What's wrong with this picture?
<quoted text>
Well it's cheaper to have her loose the weight than to pay the associated medical costs. I.E. hypertension, cardiac , kidney problems, respiratory issues and the list can go on. Diabetes

“I know, right!”

Since: Nov 08

I'm a Georgia Gal!

#13 Aug 8, 2011
I don't think someone who is too lazy and too stupid to "just say no to carbs" and walk 30 minutes a day deserves this expensive, complicated procedure. I am sure there are others out there who are more well-deserving of FREE medical surgery.
Kiki wrote:
<quoted text>
Well it's cheaper to have her loose the weight than to pay the associated medical costs. I.E. hypertension, cardiac , kidney problems, respiratory issues and the list can go on. Diabetes
No Name Selected

Douglasville, GA

#14 Aug 8, 2011
Eat less, move more. Problem solved.

Since: Mar 11

Location hidden

#15 Aug 9, 2011
Good for her. It seems to me she did all the right things so why all the hate.

“I know, right!”

Since: Nov 08

I'm a Georgia Gal!

#16 Aug 9, 2011
Yes! Major CONGRATULATIONS and I totally applaud Yolanda Silveri!!! What she has done is an amazing thing. Good for her! You go girl!!!
NYC718 wrote:
Good for her. It seems to me she did all the right things so why all the hate.
passing by

Carrollton, GA

#17 Aug 9, 2011
Kindred Spirit wrote:
Yes! Major CONGRATULATIONS and I totally applaud Yolanda Silveri!!! What she has done is an amazing thing. Good for her! You go girl!!!
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she wont need a power chair at walmart anymore..there will be one for some other fat ass.
Nurse84

Roanoke, VA

#18 Feb 19, 2013
Actually, endocrine disorders are more common than you may think. What about someone who has a thyroid disorder? Someone who has PSOD? Someone who is insulin resistant? Do you research and don't judge someone until you know 5he whole story.

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