Howard Jacobson and Josh LaJaunie: Obesity Autopsy

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Recently the BBC televised the autopsy of an obese woman called Obesity – The Post Mortem. Hope became aware of the obesity autopsy after reading an article claiming it to be fat shaming. Of course we had to take an opportunity to locate and view the autopsy to see how the show presented the data and how the issue of obesity was addressed. We were pleased to see that rather than shaming the person they provided evidence regarding excessive weight gain and internal organs. It was appalling to see how her weight affected nearly all of her organs including her liver and lungs.

Dr. Howard Jacobson, who we’ve had on the show before, and Josh LaJaunie, formerly obese man turned ultra marathon runner, were gracious enough to chat with us about the obesity autopsy. They also discussed taking the steps and overcoming obstacles to get over our own physical hold ups and start hitting the pavement again. It’s inspired Hope and I both to jump back on the wagon and we know it will push you to review your physical state and make a change today.


Howard Jacobson, PhD is a health educator, author, and broadcaster from Pittsboro, North Carolina. He is host of the Plant Yourself Podcast and founder of He is contributing author to Proteinaholic, by Garth Davis, MD, and Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, by T. Colin Campbell. Howard coaches, consults, and speaks on health and fitness for individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

About Josh LaJaunie

Joshua LaJaunie was born and raised in south Louisiana. He grew hunting, fishing, drinking, eating, playing football, and getting fat. Ultimately he found myself tipping the scales at over 400lbs. in early 2011. He has since lost 200lbs. developed a love for running, and is now exclusively a plant-based, plantpowered, aspiring athlete at 36 years old. And desires to share the why’s and how’s.

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