Americans and their obsession with beauty have finally crossed the line into the Twilight Zone. I can’t open a magazine without seeing an advertisement aimed at the beautiful people. Young people. Indecently thin. Perfect hair, teeth and skin tone. It is this image which most try to aim for, because beauty equates success in America.
I’m one of those in the minority that just don’t care enough about what other people think to subject myself to forms of starvation and torture in the quest for American Beauty. But I see the struggles of friends and acquaintances. A few years ago, lap-band surgery was all the rage. Simple procedure which reduced your stomach to the size of a walnut. Everyone was on board. A quick fix. No needing to exercise self-restraint, hell, no need to exercise period.
But even though that procedure was extreme, it is not as ludicrous as the new fad to hit Americans.
Dr. Oliver R. Di Pietro has been offering a ‘diet plan’ in his Bay Harbor Island, Fl. clinic to the desperate since last summer. For the low cost of $1,500 usd, the good doctor will run a feeding tube through your nose, down your esophagus and straight into your stomach. A solution containing only fat and protein, carbs are a no-no, is toted around with the ‘dieter’ for 8 - 10 days. You cannot eat or drink on your own. Your daily calorie intake is reduced to around 800.
The official name for this bizarre procedure is the K-E Diet. But let’s face it folks, it’s a feeding tube diet. Really? People are paying for this?
People are paying someone to stick a tube down their throat and deprive them of the ability to eat? For what exactly? To look better for whom? This isn’t a life saving surgery for the obese. It’s not a last minute procedure done in order to save a life. It is a vain gesture by people who desire a quick fix as opposed to exercising self-restraint and good decisions.
It boggles my mind, it truly does, that a normal, sane person would walk into a clinic and want this done to them. And pay for it. I’m a firm advocate of whatever makes you happy but if someone I didn’t detest contemplated this procedure, I would advise them to spend their hard earned money elsewhere. Say a gym membership. A nutrition class. Maybe some therapy.
For more information on the diet craze click HERE.