A few years ago, a loving daughter gave her mother the biggest gift she could give: obesity.
In 2011, an unnamed woman suffering from a debilitating intestinal infection called “Clostridium difficile” (CDI) received a fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) from her then slightly overweight, but healthy daughter. The FMT (yes, this is a real medical poop replacement procedure) successfully restored a healthy balance of bacteria, but the woman gained 35 pounds in the three years following.
The daughter also gained 30 pounds in an undisclosed period of time after the stool transplant and, despite a medically supervised diet and exercise regimen, her mother had crossed from a barely overweight BMI into medical obesity within the first two years after the FMT.
Researchers are attributing the substantial weight gain and inability to lose any of it to the daughter’s donated stool based on similar occurrences in rats given “obese microbiota.”
The woman is unfortunately still dealing with intestinal issues; she’s gone from having chronic diarrhea with CDI to constipation without the infection.
Because bloating is definitely what you need more of when you stumble into obesity.