WritersButt Wednesday: Ravishing Tube-Feeding Bride?
Happy Wednesday, WritersButt Warriors! I’ve missed ya this past week. So, fess up, who stepped out of their comfort zone this past week? I want to hear what you did! You want me to fess up too? Fine. I had plans to try a new sport last weekend with my husband. Our plans were derailed by weather so we’ve rescheduled them for this weekend. In the meantime, I raced down wild-idea, exciting-adventure road and am about to take a leap of faith! I’m not going to tell you yet. I’m cruel that way. But I can’t wait to share it with you because it ties in perfectly with WritersButt, so stay tuned! Not like you’re going anywhere. I know ya’ll are getting attached to me by now, right?
Ok, so listen, I try to keep WritersButt fun and light. This feels like a party to me and I love hanging out with you all. If I encourage one person to treat their body and mind with the love and attention they deserve, I’m happy. That is why I feel compelled to warn you that I might in a rant-mode today, so I’m sorry in advance, but sometimes, a RANT needs to happen.
Each morning I have the Today Show on as I get my house-natives up for school, prepare their lunches and even try to sneak into my inbox and check emails. I’ll admit that I don’t need anyone in the room for me to talk out loud. I speak to Matt and Ann like they can hear me. It’s like I’m part of the Today Show, you know, like my opinion counts. On Monday, one segment sure got an earful from me. I couldn’t figure out how to embed this segment so go check it out, I’ll wait.
(Ginger tries some deep-breathing, centers self, all in the effort for rant not to get out of hand.)
Oh cool, you’re back. Please tell me you all are as incredibly appalled as I am! For those who didn’t have the time to check out the video, it’s about how brides are shedding up to 20 pounds in 10 days before their wedding by being fed solely through a feeding tube, through their nose.
That. Is. Crazy.
These tube-feeding women can’t eat at all, nothing, for 10 days. All they get is their 800 calories (that is starving, people!) of liquid which they carry around with them 24/7 in a bag.
From this TIME article, the doctor is quoted:
People use it drop significant amounts of weight or just to trim off a couple of extra pounds before a big event. “At first I decided not to do it for people who just want to lose a few pounds,” Dr. Oliver Di Pietro, who offers 10-day versions of the diet for $1,500 at his Bay Harbor Islands, Fla., office, told the New York Times. “But then I thought, why should I say 5 or 10 pounds are not enough? People want to be perfect.”
This pisses me off on so many levels, I don’t even know where to start. I’ll try really hard to keep focused here, by starting with the obvious.
Losing 5, 10, 20, 100 pounds will NOT MAKE ANYONE PERFECT!
You all know I work out hard. I eat healthy. You could say much of my life is about fitness and staying in shape, inside and out. I like to look good. But, nowhere in my day do I think ANY of that makes me perfect. It’s freaking ridiculous for that man to say that by shoving a tube up someone’s nose and starving them, he’s helping them achieve their goal of being perfect. Seriously gross!
This past February, my husband and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary. Still, I can think back with perfect clarity to the weeks preceding my wedding. Bridal showers. Girls day at the spa. Family gatherings. Rehearsal dinner at the Spaghetti Factory! YUM! I can’t fathom all of that walking around with a damn tube up my nose, that I chose to put there, to shed some pounds.
Alright, I’ll try to calm down and get back to some facts. Again, I quote from this great Time article:
Di Pietro says he monitors his patients for possible side effects, which include constipation, dizziness and bad breath.
Can anyone say, “Now you may kiss the bride?” Sounds like a sexy wedding night too!
Or how about these possible side effects:
Dr. David Heber, director of the UCLA Risk Factor Obesity Program, says complications can also include aspiration, infection of the lung, kidney failure and erosion of tissues in the nose and throat.
It boggles my mind that anyone would risk all of this to drop some pounds. It doesn’t even matter if this is done for a big wedding day or just because. This extreme weight-loss measure reminds me of another diet fad that I find nuts, the HCG diet. Have you heard of it? It’s a diet where someone injects (or uses drops) of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a hormone found in the urine of pregnant women, into their bodies. It drastically reduces your appetite, which is a good thing because the diet prescribes that you only eat 500 calories a day.
Here’s a great article from WebMD about the dangers of the HCG diet in which it says:
Not only will you waste your money on hCG, but there are also potential consequences — from side effects of the product and self-injections to nutritional deficiencies.
It is virtually impossible to meet your nutritional needs for carbohydrates, protein, fats, and fiber with less than 500 calories per day and the diet will most likely result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Not only that, but let me tell you a story. Months ago I was at a lunch with a large group. One of my friends was ordering her lunch in such a way, that I could tell she was on a specific diet. This does not bother me because I do this all the time when I remove dairy and simple carbs out of meals when ordering out. But someone at the table asked ‘what she was doing’. Her response was that she was a diet where she could only have 500 calories a day. I immediately knew she was on the HCG diet. For the record, I got huge brownie points from my husband that day for holding my damn tongue and not hauling out my soapbox. (I have a great little portable one for those ‘just in case’ needs!)
Anyway, this was a friend of mind and I would never have insulted her or made her feel bad for her choices. They are her choices, not mine. The only thing I said, (you know I had to say something) was that I could not survive on 500 calories a day and that in fact, I didn’t think I’d make it through even one workout. Her response was that no, I couldn’t. One part of the diet was that you couldn’t work out.
See Ginger’s bloody, clamped-down tongue!
Really? Any diet where part of the guidelines are that you are not supposed to work out should equate to a Texas-sized, bright red flag waving in your face. You don’t have to workout like a maniac, like I sometimes do. You don’t have to join a gym or ever Zumba your mumba. But, everyone should be moving his or her body, doing something.
We are given these bodies. It’s time to love on them and treat them as AWESOME as they are! Feed tubing, starvation, pregnant pee injections, lack of physical movement is equivalent to hating on your body! It’s a mistreatment. It’s mean and I want everyone to stop it!
Here’s a deal I’ll make with you. Next week, non-ranting Ginger will be back with recipes and tips on traveling healthy with your kids on road trips. Trust me, I have experience with this. What I want from you all is to go through this week and seriously consider your body and your mind a gift. This gift is precious. Picture it ad the best prezzie you’ve ever been given, because that is true. What would you do without your body or mind? I want you to treat this wonderful gift as if you’ve been handed yourself, as a newborn.
What do we do with newborns? We marvel at them! We smile at them, we feed them, keep them clean, and stimulate them with color and music. We wrap them up in soft blankets to be comforted and secure. We are amazed at their pure existence.
I want you to treat your bodies and your minds just like that this week. I bet if you do, you’ll have a whole lot of things to put in your gratitude journals every single night.
Sorry if I was too cranky. I’m tucking away my soapbox for another time. Have an awesome week. Love you all! Really, I do.