One Bride's Opinion of the Feeding Tube Fad

A Ridiculous Decision 1 of 1

April 18, 2012

You already have enough pressure on your wedding day -- dress must be tight enough, hair must be high enough, makeup must be dark enough. Adding a diet plan to the mix doesn't make things any easier, but some brides go to extremes to attain a modelesque figure.

Earlier this week, CBS News introduced the feeding tube diet to the American public. Yes, you heard that right. Brides-to-be from around the country are admitting themselves to the hospital, voluntarily, so they can be hooked up to tubes the week prior to their wedding. How glamorous.

Doctors implant a nasogastric tube that connects through the nose and down the esophagus into the stomach, restricting the dieter to 800 calories a day for 10 days. Since most women need an average of 1,500 calories a day to maintain a healthy weight, in no way is this plan healthy. On average, brides on this plan lose 20 pounds in 10 days -- it's a starvation diet.

As a bride-to-be, I cannot fathom how one would voluntarily stick plastic tubing down their throat the week before their wedding. There are millions of people in the hospital with feeding tubes right now, and it is because they are sick. Very, very sick. Why one would make a joke of life support is beyond me.

Besides the obvious reasons (pain, complications, extreme grumpiness), I would never follow the feeding tube fad before my wedding because my fiancé fell in love with me. He didn't sign up to marry an overly thin, deprived girl. Why make drastic changes now?

If a bride is genuinely concerned about how she'll look on her wedding day (and what bride isn't?), a healthy diet and exercise plan will do. Get your butt to the gym after work. Put down the Ben & Jerry's. Eat a piece of grilled salmon in place of that bacon cheeseburger.

Make smart choices -- now. It's not rocket science.

Emily Keck, ChaCha Web Writer


Source: CBS News