Friday, April 20, 2012


It is understandable that obese people look towards desperate measures to cut down their body weight through any and every means available in the market. Bariatric surgery is increasingly becoming an accepted choice, though with some risks and even in a country like India necessary surgical facilities and expert medical personnel are offering this option. Probably those undergoing such drastic measures justify the means by taking into consideration the risk-benefit aspects of such medical intervention. If recent reports are to be believed medical fraternity with the help of diet experts is offering a new regime for "instant" weight reduction whereby one can lose as much as a few kilograms within 10 days!. Obviously the candidates for this unorthodox treatment are potential brides who want to look slim on the wedding day! Here are some details on this new techniques being promoted widely in the West.    

"Brides-to-be looking to shed that final 10, 15 or 20 pounds in order to fit into their dream wedding gown have taken a controversial approach to crash dieting that involves inserting a feeding tube into their noses for up to 10 days for a quick fix to rapid weight loss. The K-E diet, which boasts promises of shedding 20 pounds in 10 days, is an increasingly popular alternative to ordinary calorie-counting programs. The program has dieters inserting a feeding tube into their nose that runs to the stomach. They're fed a constant slow drip of protein and fat, mixed with water, which contains zero carbohydrates and totals 800 calories a day. Body fat is burned off through a process called ketosis, which leaves muscle intact, Dr. Oliver Di Pietro of Bay Harbor Islands, Fla., said. "It is a hunger-free, effective way of dieting," Di Pietro said. "Within a few hours and your hunger and appetite go away completely, so patients are actually not hungry at all for the whole 10 days. That's what is so amazing about this diet." Di Pietro says patients are under a doctor's supervision, although they're not hospitalized during the dieting process. Instead, they carry the food solution with them, in a bag, like a purse, keeping the tube in their nose for 10 days straight. Di Pietro says there are few side effects. "The main side effects are bad breath; there is some constipation because there is no fiber in the food," he said.

One is reminded of the popular "Botox treatment" being offered for amplifying the beauty of women through injection of Bottulinum toxin, derived from the deadly microbes that infect foods. Similarly plastic surgery, breast implants and orthodontic restructuring are becoming choices for women to enhance their physical appeal! What is interesting about the new "nose feeding" technique to lose weight is that people are oblivious to the complications that can arise in the form infection during the ten days when feeding tube stays in the stomach. Whether such artificial feeding for a normally healthy person will lead to any long term effects also is not known. One moot question is whether beauty is more important than health and why people take such risks, inviting unknown problems for themselves. Here is a typical situation where food scientists, nutritionists, diet experts and medical fraternity joining hands to "fleece" the citizens through such unnecessary services!


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