everybody who is friends with me on facebook saw that i posted this article this morning. i was in a hurry to get to work so i didn’t make any commentary – and i really didn’t need to, because the number of responses i got from friends spoke far better than i could have.
but i’ll put my two cents in, anyway.
first off – any DOCTOR who would recommend this and/or implement this needs to have their head examined and their license suspended. this is an unsafe, unhealthy method of weight loss. the woman featured lost 10 lbs. in eight days. there is no literature anywhere that would every recommend that or prescribe it as a healthy or normal rate of weight loss. yet in a society where The Biggest Loser is a television ratings titan, people are conditioned to believe that losing twenty pounds in a week is realistic and okay.
when i saw the photo attached to the article, all i could think about were the desperate, sad, broken women and girls in treatment who had tubes for weight gain and sometimes just for maintenance. it wasn’t a fun time, it wasn’t something to look forward to. and for people who are terribly ill and can’t absorb food or can’t eat, and NEED those tubes to SURVIVE…well this is like spitting in their faces, making a mockery of their terrible pain.
and on to the whole wedding thing: it is your WEDDING. this is supposed to be one of the greatest, most memorable days of your life. and okay, some will argue that it’s the bride’s right to want to look a certain way on her wedding day – and that’s valid, it sure is – but to reduce your happiness on your WEDDING DAY to whether or not you will fit into a goddamn dress…you’ve just sold yourself and your partner short, big time.
i’m not even going to comment on the quotes from the actual woman in the article. you had no energy? fucking shocker. you were ingesting 800 calories a day (which is less than the generally-considered point of starvation, which is 900 calories/day) in a liquid that is protein and fat. no carbs – the body’s main source of usable energy – and not enough calories to perform simple bodily processes covered by your basal metabolic rate.
everybody has priorities, and it’s not my place to judge those. you think it’s more important to fit into a goddamn dress than to take care of your health? that’s your choice. but know that there are a whole lot of people out there with those feeding tubes in for medically necessary reasons, who would give their right arms to get rid of the damn things and be healthy. so enjoy that 800 calorie-a-day carb-less liquid diet and your lightning-speed weight loss. i hope you fit into your dress and i hope you have the energy to give a shit.
i just hope you don’t spend your entire pregnancy eating kale and tic-tacs and endangering your baby’s health because you want to still be able to fit into that damn dress.
i hope, to you, it’s worth it.