Obesity: The Post Mortem

Genre: Documentary


[Vinette] Obesity is an epidemic

happening right here

in the UK right now.

Honestly, the first thing

I'd say is that Im a big girl.

How my friends would describe me

would be large, fat probably.

I dont like to use the word fat.

But at the end of the day,

that is what I have inside me.

I have a large amount of extra fat.

[Vinette] We all know what fat

looks like on the outside.

[Chanel] I think of cellulite,

rolls, big thighs,

big arms.

If youre Kim Kardashian,

you can have a really fat arse.

Ive got a fat stomach,

shes got a fat arse.

[Vinette] But what if we could see

what fat looks like from the inside?

Do we have any idea of the damage

obesity is doing under our skin?

When you say to somebody,

well, it is affecting your health,

you know, show me, I cant see inside,

I cant see what is happening inside me.

[Vinette] BBC3 has secured the first

televised access to a full post-mortem

on an obese person whose body

was donated to medical science.

This summer, our pathology team assembled

to reveal, from the inside,

the dangers of us all getting too fat.

Post-mortems are tightly controlled

and access to them is strictly limited

to protect the privacy and dignity

of the deceased.

Filming is not usually allowed.

But for this post-mortem

we have been allowed in

to help understand a problem

that costs the nation billions and

ruins so many lives. Obesity.

Carla Valentine and Dr Mike Osborn

are the specialist team responsible

for carrying out the post-mortem.

Carla is an Anatomical

Pathology Technologist

and Technical Curator

of the Pathology Museum

at Londons Queen Mary University.

For this post-mortem,

I will be carrying out the evisceration,

which means removing all of the organs.

Being part of a filmed post-mortem

is a very unique opportunity.

Death terrifies some people,

but what it also does is it

eventually gives you a real sense

of the fragility of life.

The topic of obesity is a huge problem,

and its something that I get

to see quite a lot,

but its not something

I get to study in depth.

[Vinette] Mike is

a Consultant Pathologist

and Fellow of the

Royal College of Pathologists.

Hes been working with death and disease

for over 20 years.

Obesity is very much there,

it's seen, but I think its

very, very poorly understood.

It seemed that making this film

would be a way of exploring that

and allowing a broader public

to learn about the problems

that are associated with obesity.

[Vinette] Carla and Mike have performed

thousands of post-mortems,

but always behind closed doors.

Today, well witness what

really happens in an autopsy

and discover what the body of our donor

can tell us about the creeping effects

of obesity over time.

We dont know this woman's name,

but we do know a few details about her.

She was in her early 60s.

5'5". Almost 17 stone.

And, just like a quarter of people

in the UK, clinically obese.

But where did she come from?

And how did she end up here

on a post-mortem table in London?

Long Beach, on the West Coast

of the United States.

Glamorous, sunny, carefree California.

But away from the beach,

on an anonymous industrial estate

on the outskirts of the city,

is where our donor began her journey

to the post-mortem table.

This is a place where people

who donate their body

to essential medical science

are brought when they die.

Up to 20 donated bodies, or cadavers,

a day come through these doors

destined for thousands of medical research

projects all over the world.

[Randall] My name is Randall Delgado.

Im 29. My main role now

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