In one of the more interesting polls I’ve seen, more than three-fourths of the 231 dieters surveyed said that they would take a pill that would guarantee they would achieve or maintain their desired weight even if it would lower their life expectancy. On average, they were willing to give up 5.7 years. … This was a small sample, but it is consistent with other research. For instance, a book published just last year showed that the desire to fit in or be “normal” — rather than improving health — is the primary motivation for many people who undergo weight-loss surgery.
These findings may seem puzzling, but they are not so surprising when you consider weight-loss attempts for what they really are: efforts to protect against weight-based discrimination. The fact is, fear and loathing of fat are real, and American attitudes about fat may be more dangerous to public health than obesity itself.
We are very quick to attribute mortality and morbidity to excess weight. I strongly feel that this is premature. I do not think that fat tissue is benign, but I do believe that it is impossible to tease out how much of what’s attributed to fat is actually a result of our inflammatory diet or other lifestyle factors and how much is as a result of weight stigma.
It’s in this frame of mind that I find the following idea really, really horrifying:
It’s a stomach-turning idea – but an invention detailed in a US patent application published by Aspire Bariatrics of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, nevertheless holds out the hope of a treatment for morbid obesity without the invasive surgery and drawbacks of a gastric bypass.
The idea is to let patients eat and drink as much as they like – but they then drain their stomach some 20 minutes after a meal by connecting a pump to a valve surgically installed on their abdominal wall.
Boggles the mind that medically supported bulimia is the next thing in the war on obesity.
Update 1/7: My bad, I should have credited this very thoughtful post on this medical cluster-eff.