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Is A Feeding Tube A Bride’s Best Friend?

Is A Feeding Tube A Bride’s Best Friend?

It makes sense that every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. But some brides-to-be are going to extreme measures to lose weight. They’re using what’s called the K-E Diet, which involves running a feeding tube through their nose and subsisting on an 800 calorie liquid diet until they reach their target weight. The diet promises to help dieters lose 20 pounds in just 10 days. (For comparison, most doctors recommend around 2,000 calories a day for the average woman.)

In March, Jessica Schnaider, 41, of Surfside, Florida, was preparing to shop for a wedding gown by doing just this: she spent eight days on a feeding tube. The diet, under a doctor’s supervision, provided her 800 calories while she went about her business, with a tube in her nose.

800 Calories Of Protein And Fat Dripped Into The Stomach

From ABCnews:

“I don’t have all of the time on the planet just to focus an hour and a half a day to exercise, so I came to the doctor, I saw the diet, and I said, ‘You know what, why not,’” said Schnaider.

“Your hunger and appetite go away completely, so patients are absolutely not hungry at all for the whole 10 days,” said Dr. Oliver Di Pietro.

A feeding tube is inserted into the dieter’s nose and runs a slow, constant drip of a protein and fat mixture into their stomachs for a total of 800 calories. Because Schnaider only wanted to lose 10 pounds, she only needed the feeding tube in for 8 days.

Body fat is burned through a process called ketosis, which leaves muscle intact.

“I’m happy because those 10 pounds went off fast. Without hunger,” said Schnaider.

Tube Diet Popular In Italy And Spain

While the tube diet is fairly unknown in this country, it has been popular for years in Italy and Spain, where it is used casually to lose weight before a big event, as well as for more significant weight loss. It has also been offered in England for the past year, as the KEN (or ketogenic enteral nutrition) diet.

But isn’t the wedding diet the same as most diets? The faster you lose the weight, and the more extraordinary the means you use to do so, the more likely it is that you will gain it all back, plus some more. How many of us have experience the yo-yo diet?

How about following a healthy diet, exercising, and losing weight gradually, so that it stays off?

This kind of diet isn’t a long-term solution and losing too much weight too fast can be physically and emotionally dangerous.

Will Feeding Tube Make This The Happiest Day Of Your Life?

But there’s another, much bigger question, that troubles me about this fad. A wedding is just one day in a lifelong relationship – one day that’s weighty enough in symbolism to make the bride’s size pretty irrelevant. Isn’t it better to commit to being a couple for the rest of your life as the person you actually are, and not some half-starved creature who is dying to eat solids again?

For the bride hoping to make her wedding day the happiest day of her life, the K-E diet is not the way to go.

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9:32PM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

This is such a stupid move.

12:15PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

OR you could just commit to a healthy lifestyle and maintain a healthy diet with good, wholesome foods and regular exercise. Then you are always a healthy weight and you don't have to rush to lose a few pounds each time you want to look your best. You will look better, feel better, and be better rested and healthy

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

A bizarre "treatment" for any medical doctor to take part in. This sort obsession with weight can lead to eating disorders such as Anorexia and Bulimia.

Advertising and much of society continually flaunts the thin woman as the Ideal constantly flooding us with airbrushed images of what Beauty is supposed to look like, ultra thin. Israel has even come up with laws regarding under weight models because of health issues.

Nancy A thinks that the only people protesting about the tube feeding are mainly females whom she believes are overweight, she sees nothing wrong with this method as it is the woman's decision while Katie K says: "better than bulimic or anorexic. id do it" Yes, Katie you probably would and your next step may well be anorexia if you need to lose weight using a desperate and likely not long lasting method such as tube "feeding"!

Intriguing Nancy A, ask any Olympic athlete about tube feeding with their well toned muscled bodies and do you actually believe that athletes will agree with tube feeding? I think not! People with well honed bodies engaging in self discipline will rebel in horror at such a method. Most athletes follow a proper diet and avoid drugs/bizarre ways of losing weight in their workouts

Yes, society is filled with images of thinness every day pushing some to desperate and ill conceived methods for losing weight. Sad to see that there are actually some people who agree with her. Almost the same reaction as Patricia Krentcil the 44

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

To continue from below since Care2 does not have a twitter like word count warning the long winded amongst us that we are coming to the cut off point...

Almost the same reaction as Patricia Krentcil the 44 year-old woman arrested for allegedly taking her 5 year-old girl into a tanning booth and telling those (she tans five days/week) that those who disagree with her are fat, ugly and jealous.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

By the way, several people are tossing out the comment of crazy and nutter and similar words-in the spirit of Mental Health Month (May) kindly Google NAMI and read about the effects of stigma and mental illness.

While it is easy to use these words they do belittle others Do not forget many people with mental illnesses are productive members of society. People like Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln for example suffered severe depression yet lead millions in times of crises.

Many people forget that tossing out words like crazy and nutter do little for public discourse when they see ridiculous actions done by others. Just a thought during Mental Health Month...many people with mental illness wouldn't dream of doing tube feeding to their bodies by the way. This woman described in the article obviously has a lot of low self esteem issues brought about by how society depicts women: "Thin Is In."

3:37PM PDT on May 19, 2012

It's all about the wedding pictures.

3:37PM PDT on May 19, 2012

It's all about the wedding pictures.

12:06PM PDT on May 17, 2012

absolutely obsurd !!

8:14AM PDT on May 17, 2012

Anorexia by any other name... still does the same amount of damage.

7:18AM PDT on May 17, 2012

i may consider diet only in case my weight causes me health problems, surely never just for looking more "beautiful" according to others standard of beauty......

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