Fast Weight Loss Risks: George Clooney Hospitalized After Losing 30 Pounds

The 59-year-old actor recently confessed that he was hospitalized last year. For his new feature film, George Clooney lost 30 pounds in a few weeks, which was detrimental to his health. If the weight loss continues for a long time, it can lead to anorexia nervosa.

George Clooney

George Clooney. Image Courtesy of Michael Vlasaty

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The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and if you try to do too much good, you can put your life in danger. For his new movie “The Midnight Sky”, which will be released on Netflix on December 23, actor George Clooney lost 30 pounds in a few weeks. By abusing his body in this way, he was hospitalized after complaining of stomach pain. The cause the doctors discovered was pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas.

Losing weight too fast is risky

From a medical perspective, weight loss that’s too fast starts when you lose more than 2 pounds a week. If you lose more than 10 pounds a month, that’s a very rapid weight loss. For people with a healthy body mass index (BMI), which is between 20 and 25, normal weight loss is about 4 pounds per month for a man and 2 pounds per month for a woman.

When we lose more than 4 pounds per month, our body begins to show signs of distress that should not be overlooked. One of the first signs is fatigue. After that, there is a decrease in muscle strength and then the appearance of opportunistic infections. The lowered immunity makes you more susceptible to infections such as colds.

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Anorexia Nervosa Risk

In George Clooney’s case, although the actor complained of symptoms identified as pancreatitis, the illness was not directly triggered by his rapid weight loss but awakened by a deeper problem. It’s quite possible that he had a deficiency in his pancreas before and that after his rapid weight loss, there was an exacerbation on that side that he had previously had under control because he was in good shape. In fact, everything that is not quite in tip-top shape in you may get worse when you lose weight quickly.

A restrictive diet is likely to lead to a state of great weakness, triggering anemia, and numerous infections. Some of these symptoms are similar to those of people with anorexia nervosa an eating disorder.

These very restrictive diets have the major disadvantage that even though they are very high in protein, they cause very severe muscle wasting. And then there is the risk of anorexia nervosa. The pleasure of losing weight and the pleasure of eating so little become extremely strong and could lead to the desire to eat even less. You see your body changing, you are happy, you think you are in control, but in the end, you may not feel your slip into anorexia nervosa. The risk is that you don’t know yourself well enough to know if you are able to resist it or not.

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