The Ridiculousness of the Feeding Tube Diet

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When slimming down for the big day, avoid crash diets. Especially the feeding tube diet. Credit: Dianna Williams

Just when we thought we’d heard it all when it comes to extreme dieting, a new trend emerges that has us shaking our heads. I recently came across an article that discussed the latest trend among brides-to-be: the feeding tube diet.

This diet is employed both by those who have lots to lose or just a few pounds—like brides slimming down before a big event. The fun on this diet begins when you have a feeding tube inserted in your nose. The fun continues when you get only 800 calories a day—no carbs, of course.

Unlike, say, the cabbage soup diet, the feeding tube diet actually carries with it real medical risks when implemented, such as aspiration, lung infection, kidney failure and tissue erosion of the nose and throat. Not to mention the side effect of LOOKING CRAZY for having a medically unnecessary feeding tube down your nose.

It makes me sad that the need to drop any amount of weight would lead to a trend like this. It makes me sad that doctors are willing to do this for patients when they could instead be taking the time to explain what a healthy diet and exercise plan look like.

So whether you’ve got a lot to lose or just a few before the big day, we’ll always maintain that a sensible diet and exercise plan will be your ticket to success—not the latest craze, especially when the latest craze is crazy. Besides, what bride wants to starve to lose a few pounds just to pack it right back on during the honeymoon?

Have you heard of the feeding tube diet? Think it’s insane-o in the brain-o too? —Erin

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  1. Doug says:

    I thought it was a joke when I first heard about it… a very, very bad joke.

    It’s even worse when you find out that “doctors” are charging their “patients” $1500 for 10 days on the diet.

  2. Crissy says:

    How disgusting! On the other hand…

    Many, many people think that they have to go through extraordinary measures to lose weight. They try all kinds of fad diets and even gastric bypass surgery. Some people want to lose weight fast, like for a wedding or special occasion and feel that that is the quickest way to do it. It may be quicker than most, but a friend tried a natural gastric bypass no surgery formula and she was able to lose 10lbs in one week. She still hasn’t reached her weight loss goal of 25lbs, but she’s almost there. People need to just take the time to lose weight naturally.

  3. I heard about it, was totally sick by it, so I asked women on hersocialnetwork what they thought about it. The consensus is pretty much that the doctors are to blame. Doctor’s take an oath to protect our health. Allowing someone to starve themselves to loose weight is essentially like allowing someone to knowingly be anorexic. And charging for it. I think the doctors who are doing this need to be put out of practice. The medical examiners board needs to do something. And as for the women who want to do this, they need counseling. It’s one thing to want to get into shape, tone up, make healthy adjustments to your diet, but when you get to the point where you want a feeding tube, that’s when the woman needs a friend to say, “girl, you need some help! Do you hear what you are saying?” I saw the pictures of the one woman who was on the news story. She wasn’t even overweight. Sad. Great blog. So glad that women in general are outraged by this!

  4. Ivori says:

    AMEN to the title !

  5. Debbie says:

    Here is a bariatric surgeon’s thoughts on the feeding tube diet: http://drmichaelsnyder.tumblr.com/