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Social Media Celeb & Philanthropist Willem Ungermann/Willem Powerfish Uses Fame to Help Those in Need

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YouTube celebrity Willem Ungermann is best known by his social media handle, Willem Powerfish. On his channel you’ll find hilarious stunt and prank videos reminiscent of the Jackass-era of television trickery. Ungermann’s self-effacing style and wild sense of humor have helped him rack up more than 150K YouTube subscribers and nearly 300K followers on Instagram.

Recently, however, Ungermann has revealed his philanthropic side, posting videos of him helping out people in need. In one recent installment, Ungermann pays a visit to a local family in desperate need of assistance. The video is posted on his YouTube channel and has been used more than 95K times.

As the video opens, Ungermann explains the family’s saga. Mom, Donna, has been battling Primary Myelofibrosis, a rare blood cancer, for years. Her husband, Kevin, is drowning under a sea of medical debt and daughter, Amy, is in desperate need of a laptop for school that the family cannot afford. Ungermann credits his followers for making this kind of surprise giving possible. “When they buy my merchandise and watch my videos, good things can happen.”

Regarding his ability to give back, the social media phenom is refreshingly humble. “I’m lucky to be in the position I’m in right now. Thanks to social media, people can watch these videos and see—big or small—their giving really can make a difference.”

Cameras roll as Ungermann chats with Kevin while young Amy sits at her dad’s side (at the time of filming, Donna was hospitalized). Kevin reiterates the family’s struggles have been going on for years as Donna has bravely fought this disease. Ungermann then hands Kevin $5,000 in cash—and the look on Amy’s face as her father accepts the money is absolutely priceless. He then hands Amy a new MacBook laptop to use for school.

Kevin is humbled and tremendously grateful for the help. “This makes a huge difference for us. We can pay bills for a few months now and not have to worry. It’s amazing.”

As the video closes, Ungermann is surprisingly candid and grateful to his followers for making his philanthropy possible.

“If it weren’t for [my followers] we wouldn’t be able to do this.”

Ungermann promises his viewers more give-back videos in the future and encourages them to be a part of the movement, saying, “It’s good to give back—big or small—just give back.”

Wise words, indeed.

You can find Ungermann on social media via the handle @Willem_Powerfish.

Watch the wildly popular video by clicking here.

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The Role of Medicine in Achieving and Sustaining a Healthy Body Mass

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The CDC’s latest numbers classify approximately 42 percent of Americans as obese, and over two-thirds of American adults qualify as either obese or overweight. Living with excess weight heightens people’s risk for debilitating and chronic but otherwise preventable conditions like stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.

With new weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy on the rise, many are wondering if these medications live up to their hype and can even help end the obesity epidemic. Sergio Padron, founder and CEO of online healthcare and weight-loss support company MD Exam, believes they can — up to a point.

“It’s important to approach these medications with a thorough understanding of what they can and can’t do,” Padron says. “Magic pills for weight loss don’t exist.”

The importance of achieving a healthy body mass

According to Padron, achieving and sustaining a healthy body mass is key to good health. To obtain your body mass index (BMI), online calculators like this one from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute ask for your height and weight, run them through the standard formula, and generate your score. The last step is to find this number in the standardized ranges considered underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.

“Many healthcare professionals use the body mass index (BMI) for a quick approximation of most people’s health,” he explains. “All you need is the patient’s weight and height, and you can calculate this number.”

There are exceptions, however. “In particular, bodybuilders and other athletes can generate results that make it seem like they aren’t healthy, when in fact they’re in excellent condition,” Padron explains. “That’s because BMI doesn’t consider muscle mass, and muscle is more dense than fat. In addition, BMI doesn’t account for visceral fat being more dangerous than fat deposits elsewhere in the body.”

That’s why Padron cautions people not to make snap judgments based on BMI alone and to seek a more comprehensive view from healthcare professionals. “Factors like body composition, blood markers, and lifestyle need to be considered,” he explains, “which is one of the many reasons why we only offer individualized care at MD Exam.”

If your BMI falls in the overweight or obese categories, then it’s time to make a change. “Unfortunately, excess body weight means you could be developing major health problems that you otherwise wouldn’t,” Padron says. “Being overweight has also been associated with depression. In my experience, it can have a negative impact on self-esteem and even lead to the development of eating disorders.”

Luckily, groundbreaking new drugs have become available to help people recover their quality of life.

How Ozempic and Wegovy can help

According to Padron, pharmaceutical solutions like Ozempic and Wegovy can help most people achieve and sustain a healthy body mass. These medications reduce appetite and increase feelings of fullness, thereby enabling people to regulate their consumption better.

“One of the most important things our patients report is that they’re no longer tormented by cravings,” Padron says. “They find it easier to avoid overeating in the first place.”

In addition, Ozempic and Wegovy have been shown to decrease visceral fat — the dangerous kind of fat deposits. “The idea is to optimize health and well-being, not just lose weight,” Padron says. “We want to make sure you lose the right pounds. When you lose visceral fat and keep muscle, you are heading in the right direction and your body composition improves.”

In some rare cases, however, Ozempic and Wegovy aren’t effective. “Luckily, other interventions can be effective in those cases, such as Tirzepatide or classic weight-loss drugs,” Padron says.

Yet Padron emphasizes that weight-loss drugs alone are insufficient to achieve and sustain a healthy body mass.

Personalized, comprehensive support

“Just taking a pill won’t make pounds disappear,” Padron says. “To lose weight, it’s necessary to get real about your lifestyle and actually change your habits. If you haven’t been exercising, for instance, then it’s time to start getting up a little earlier and going for a morning walk. If you haven’t been eating well, then it’s time to stop buying soda and junk food.”

Easier said than done? “We know it’s hard,” Padron says. “That’s why our program takes support seriously. Our medical staff works with patients one-on-one to develop treatment plans that will work for them. We also provide coaching and connect patients to each other for mutual support and accountability. MD Exam is a community. People make friends for life on our platform.”

Lose weight, feel great

Obtaining a healthy body mass often leads to increased energy levels, improved mobility, and reduced joint pain. It can also help control chronic conditions like high blood pressure and sleep apnea, as well as forestall the development of preventable diseases. If that isn’t already enough, it can also boost patients’ self-confidence and mental health.

“Our patients experience an incredible feeling of accomplishment and empowerment,” Padron says. “Losing weight can be truly transformative. I can’t tell you how many people have told me their whole outlook on life has become more positive.”

For Padron, helping people lose weight is its own reward. “I love watching people shed their depression and come back to life,” he says. “This is the most rewarding work I can imagine.”

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