Your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest, most sacred day of your life. So why in the days leading it up to it would you have a desire to meander a nasogastric tube through your nose and into your stomach to lose 20 pounds in 10 days?
Jessica Schnaider ignited a media ambush when she went on Dr. Oliver R. Di Pietro’s K-E diet. The 10-day diet costs $1,500 and pumps 800-calorie-a-day food supplements in the patient. In the end, one can drop 10-25 pounds in a ridiculously quick amount of time.
“The science is based on providing your body with only proteins and fats without carbohydrates or sugars, which force your body into what is called ketosis,” Di Pietro, who is based in Bay Harbor Islands, Fla., said in a CNN article.
While you drop weight quicker than Martina Navratilova was dumped from “Dancing With The Stars,” how does that honeymoon sound with a little septum damage, a perforation in your throat, some gastrointestinal bleeding or pneumonia sound? These are all possible side effects, not to mention the shock losing weight too rapidly can place on your other organs. This feeding tube nonsense is taking it way too far.
If my spouse decided to get a feeding tube to lose weight for our wedding, I would call the whole thing off. No wonder half of all marriages end in divorce. Starving yourself before a wedding day is like robbing the very marrow out of the love you share for your partner. Your partner fell in love with you the way you looked before the wedding. If the dress doesn’t fit, find a dress that fits you and not the other way around.
I’m getting married this fall and I completely understand the pressure to slim down. Acquaintances have been approaching me saying things like “If you want to fit in that dress by this fall, you better get moving” and “I have great advice on how you can lose some weight before your big day.”
I keep getting advice I didn’t ask for. Everyone wants to “help” me get a skinnier body. I’m planning to drop a few pounds before my big day but only in a healthy, organic way. I’m a size 14 and I have the audacity to love myself the way I am. Women are the only ones who have ever commented about my weight or called me fat and I’m tired of it. We live in a skinny-obsessed culture. And women are the ones making other women feel bad. So stop it ladies. If you want to comment on someone’s weight, keep it to yourself. If you want to lose weight bad enough to shove a tube up your nose, this is a free country. But don’t you dare criticize me for waking up every day at a size 14 and thanking God for all he has given me such as the ability to walk, see, hear and breathe.
Society, particularly Hollywood, is more willing to accept a drug addict than a food addict. It’s not fair and I’m tired of marriage being made a mockery of because people are more caught up in the superficial appearances of the day than what the vows actually mean. You’re vowing to “To have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part.”
I’ve never been to a wedding ceremony where anyone mentions that the bride or groom will only care about the other person if they retain a certain weight. Even Ashley Judd, who in recent days has been flogged by media for having a puffy face, tweeted her thoughts on the bridal feeding tube diet. “Insane, abusive, sad: There is a company now offering brides pre-wedding crash diet feeding tubes to appear more culturally acceptable,” Judd wrote on Twitter. Make a vow to love yourself the way you are. Accept the fact that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. And if you can’t cope with that, I recommend a feeding tube for your soul.
Contact Joanie Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her tweets at Twitter.com/joaniecox.