Thursday, March 22, 2012

Frank Payne

When I wrote about gas yesterday, I stumbled onto that study. I was actually looking for a documentary that the Discovery Channel did a couple of years ago. It was called "My Big Fat Body" and starred Frank Payne.

Frank was an actor from Chicago who came to comedy a little later in life. He had already been a wrestling coach and iron worker when he made a change in career. He was successful, too. Not Brad Pitt successful, but making a living as an actor.

He was also over 400 pounds. Hence the name of the show. It explained what that amount of weight does to a body. there were x-rays and motion capture images showing how his hips were perpetually abducted because of the weight on his thighs. It also seemed devoted to his weight-loss journey. The show was filmed in 2009, but a short film that he was in "Starf*ckers" in 2011 shows he was still at about the same weight. I recommend you watch it, it's pretty funny and has Kato Kaelin at the end.

In "My Big Fat Body" he talked candidly about how his weight scared him. Just like in the promo below, he talks about John Belushi, Chris Farley and John Candy. He lost a brother when he was a kid and didn't want his parents to have to bury a second son. Unfortunately, in January, 2012, his obituary appeared in the Chicago Sun Times.


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  1. 2016, I just watched My Big Fat Body on Amazon Prime. Looked up Frank Payne to see how he was doing with weight loss, and see that he passed away. RIP.

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    1. Though there aren't any mentions in the media regarding Frank's official cause of death, his obituary in the Chicago Sun Times shows his family asking for donations to be made in lieu of flowers to the American Heart Association which leads me to believe his cause of death was a heart attack

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  2. 2016, I just watched My Big Fat Body on Amazon Prime. Looked up Frank Payne to see how he was doing with weight loss, and see that he passed away. RIP.

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  3. I too just finished streaming his short movie on Prime and was eager to find out how his weight loss was going. Total bummer. :(

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  4. I too just finished streaming his short movie on Prime and was eager to find out how his weight loss was going. Total bummer. :(

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  5. I just finished watching his show and he had lost 60 pounds and was looking great! I didn't realize it was done in 2009. We'll I went looking for him expecting to be find him down to 200 that he wanted to be and looking awesome. I never thought I would find him dead. I'm shocked. Even 60 pounds down be was looking really awesome. I had gastric bypass and lost 200 myself so I really thought he would go back and have the surgery. Man that is so horrible to find that he died. Sad sad. Now I wish Amazon would take it down or put something up stating he is no longer with is. RIP FRANK!

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  6. very sad to learn he has died. I also was hoping to see him doing great. was happy for him that he lost the 60 lbs and was looking for greater success for such a great hearted generous soul. condolences for his family. bless his kind heart.

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  7. Like others here, I watched the movie on Amazon and was hoping to hear that he was doing great. I was saddened to hear that he passed. I saw a poster say they should take down the movie. I do not agree, as a person with struggles in this area it's harsh and sobering. We seem to cling to this idea that we have time to improve and then we just never get around to it. I've put off changing in the past, changing my diet, adding more activity, staying away from sugar... we turn away from reality because we have this idea that we can flip a switch and a month later it's all better. This has hit home and gives me more reasons to continue improving my health.

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  8. I too just watched his weight loss doc on Amazon. The crazy thing is when I looked him up and saw that he had died, it has scared me into actually doing something about my weight. I do not know if I had found that he lost 200 pounds and was doing great would have done that. He is still touching lives. I too disagree about Amazon taking it down but think it would be nice if they posted a follow up at the end of the documentary. If it were at the place where you can view it people may not watch. I think it is the impact of finding it out after watching that prompts you to really try to make changes.

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  9. Me too. I share everyone's sadness. Frank was likable, funny and reminded me of John Candy playing Uncle Buc. Food Kills. The amount of food Frank ate in a weekend was a shock. Eat a plant based diet and exercise.

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  10. Sad as I am to hear of Frank's passing, I'm also just as interested to know how he was progressing with the weight loss between 2009 and 2012. Had he continued dropping the pounds steadily during that time, it doesn't seem likely that he would just die from (what I assume to be) a heart attack. Unless his heart was like, "I'm too tired to give you the time you need to lose an adequate amount of weight."

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  11. I also agree that Frank Payne was a good soul and possessed a generous❤️heart. I'm sure it wasn't an easy decision to take on the filming of "My Big Fat Body" & placing himself at risk for public humiliation, sarcasm, criticism, or the publics mean-spiritness. However, to his credit, this is exactly what he chose to do for the kindest of reasons . . . to share with others the truth about what obesity does to destroy our health & bodies longevity and to weaken our psyche; the human soul, mind and spirit. He did this task with genuine sincerity & a loving heart. We all are most grateful for his courage, and thank him for smoothing the rough edges & diligently trekking the path leading to a better, healthier life. We salute you Frank Payne . . . and are quite sure you're now dancing���� ����light-footed & entertaining angels ������. . . ✨����✨God bless you!

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  12. Like pretty much everyone else here, I too just finished watching his documentary film on Amazon Prime Videos. And like everyone else too, I was curious to see how much weight he had lost by now in 2017. Well, I was shocked to find that Mr. Frank Payne has passed in 2012. I can't help but feel saddened by that, especially considering that he was devoted and dedicated to losing weight. My heart goes out to his family, especially his parents. RIP Frank Payne, you are gone but not forgotten. Your inspiration has inspired many and will continue to do so!

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  13. I too recently saw "My Big Fat Body" and wanted to see how Mr. Payne was doing since the the statistics say that about 95% of those that lose a significant amount of weight end up regaining most if not all of it. Was shocked and saddened to see that he passed away. RIP Mr. Payne and thanks for showing that us that change is possible.

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  14. I am thankful Frank shared his story. I will try harder.

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