Super Size Ambulance.

30 May

If you haven’t yet had a chance to watch this, check it out here.

If ever there was some motivation to get out the door and go for a run, this was it for me.

The show documents the day-to-day working life of some paramedics within the Thames Ambulance service. Call me naive, but it had never crossed my mind until I saw this show that some patients would be physically too large to use a ‘regular’ ambulance.

New equipment has been designed to support the needs of overweight passengers – in some cases up to 61 stones!

Despite the use of some upsetting and disturbing scenes, I thought the show was very well put together, and it gave a true insight in to some morbidly obese lives.

It really hit home with me.

There were a few different reasons for this. For example, some of the living conditions were horrendous, merely due to the fact that the individuals in question could not move around enough to cook for themselves, go to the toilet or clean up after themselves.

The list of medical conditions that they suffered as a secondary effect of their weight, was also mind blowing.

I understand that in some cases, due to medical reasons the weight gain cannot be helped, but I am determined to do everything that I can to stop myself ever reaching the stage where I cannot walk up a flight of stairs due to the pain of my bones rubbing together in my knees, or where simple everyday tasks such as going to the toilet and making breakfast become a constant struggle.

All in all, a very well made show, which I highly recommend.


4 Responses to “Super Size Ambulance.”

  1. BonjourMissMary May 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    I watched some documentaries on the same line as your post while I too a nutrition class. While sometimes I “fall off the wagon”, thinking about my general welfare as a 70 year old always makes me think again about my lifestyle. Well-written piece!

  2. April May 31, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Reeeally interesting! Have you ever seen the show Biggest Loser? (it’s on It’s really inspirational to watch people turn their lives around : )

    • Sophie @ threetimesf June 5, 2011 at 11:38 am #

      I love the Biggest Loser! (I especially love Bob Harper…Mmmmm!) Sad that the world needs programmes like that, but so great to see people completely change their lives!

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