Published on April 21st, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Feeding Tube Diet Draws Criticism, But Docs Defend Desperate Brides
One of the more viral stories this week concerned disturbing news that brides were dropping $1,500 to willingly have a feeding tube inserted into their face-holes and carry around a hideous tote bag for two whole weeks of starvation in order to fit into wedding dresses.
The feeding tube diet, or the K-E diet, isn’t entirely for brides, but the bridal angle certainly helped the story go viral. Also, the fact that the 800 calorie-a-day, zero carb plan basically qualifies as starvation didn’t help- many felt the coverage normalized a very drastic weight loss method that was not only needlessly expensive, but also needlessly dramatic. And one of the bridezillas interviewed about her feeding tube diet experience admitted most people she met during the two-week long period assumed she was gravely ill.
Body-acceptance advocates and nutritional experts decried the feeding tube diet’s newfound prominence, but the docs who offer the option defended the practice. The New York Times quotes Italian doctor Gianfranco Cappello, who said:
“The millions of obese patients who can benefit from this treatment outnumber the thousands of people with cancer or neurologic dysfunction that require this therapy… [Standard crash dieting leads to muscle loss] on the arms, thighs, chest and buttocks, while the abdomen will remain enlarged. A bride would never fit into her wedding dress with an enlarged abdomen.”
The feeding tube diet first caught on in Europe, and the procedure remains less expensive there than it is in the US.