Feeding Tubes for Weight Loss: It Works, But...
Feeding Tubes: Gross Bridal Trend
Brides-to-be are targeted by the latest fad in the weight-loss industry: feeding tubes. Women are paying thousands of dollars on a rapid weight-loss scheme that involves running a nasogastric feeding tube through the client's nose, doling out the bare minimum caloric intake per day. The Hunger Games, indeed.
Brides-to-be are the ideal market for any weight-loss product. These are people who are desperate to look their best for their big day, and this is exacerbated by the fact that wedding dresses are sized differently than regular clothes: if you normally wear a 12, your wedding dress will be something like a 16. Body issues become magnified. Diet marketers love when this happens.
So, do nasogastric feeding tubes work? Yes, but there are side effects such as kidney stones, dizziness, headaches, halitosis (bad breath), and dehydration. The bride's weight is being lost via a metabolic state called ketosis, where the body burns its fat reserves. This normally takes place when you're starving to death.
Also, it's really gross to look at. One feeding-tube customer told the NY Times that she wouldn't pick her kid up from school while wearing the feeding tube: "People think I’m sick, I’m dying... The children, they would be scared."
But the many “detoxing” cleanses make misleading claims, says Dr. David Gorski, an associate professor of surgery at Wayne State University in Detroit and a blogger at Science-Based Medicine. “Do you notice they never tell you what the toxins actually are?” he said. “There’s no science to back them up.”