Medically-supervised bulimia– the new trend in “treating” obesity?
So this is probably not what the doctors or surgeons who created Asprire Assist want to call their new idea, but essentially, that’s what it is. (in my opinion)
What is AspireAssist, you ask? Well, from their website:
The AspireAssist gives patients control over their weight loss by a method known as Aspiration Therapy. With Aspiration Therapy, patients “aspirate” (drain) a portion of their stomach contents into the toilet after each meal through an endoscopically-implanted tube, reducing the number of calories absorbed by the body. The tube is implanted in the stomach, and leads to a small, low-profile port at the surface of the skin. Aspiration performed about twenty minutes after a meal will remove about a third of the calories consumed. The AspireAssist is used in conjunction with a lifestyle modification program, and requires careful and comprehensive medical monitoring.
Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin on this one. Luckily so many of you posted your comments on Facebook, it was good to see that I’m not the only one who thinks this is an INSANE idea.
So.. let me get this straight– I can eat whateverthefuck I want… and then drain it in the toilet and not have digest any of the calories?!! SCORE!!!
Can we all have one?!!
We won’t have to worry about portion control ever again! We can go to an all-you-can-buffet all day!
We can keep the economy going with our gluttony and still fit into a swim suit every year (but maybe a one piece, to cover up our poker-chip sized plastic hole in our guts)
Alright.. seriously. This is beyond disturbing and sad. Not only is it completely making money off of someone who is very very desperate to lose weight, it teaches them nothing and possibly (likely) exacerbating a food addiction and starves them of nutrients and leaves a gaping hole in their body open to possible infection and gut issues.
Let’s also not forget the cost of the tubes… for life! (because remember, this is a “long-term” solution)
The reasons why “Big Pharma” doesn’t like cures: they make much more money in treatment. They especially love long-term treatment.
Don’t worry though, I’m sure, if you get the right letter of recommendation, you won’t have to pay a dime. Your insurance will cover it, or if you’re “lucky” enough to be one of the obese people in a lower-socioeconomic class (which, by the way, has a much, much, higher percentage of obesity) then, by golly, medicaid, medicare, Obamacare or what-have-you (tax payers… oh.. me?) will pay for it for you!!! Hooray!!
Shit. There is so much wrong with this I can’t even keep each thought separate.
Here is what I really want to know though… WHAT CAN WE DO?
Let’s just start with me. I get online here, I try to give FREE information, free videos, free workouts, free nutrition tips, etc. I speak out and try to be a good example. I try and share stories of people who have lost 5, 10, 80, 100, 125+ lbs. to show it can be done. What else can I do?
What else can the leaders in the field of health, nutrition and exercise do?
I think this is something every single one of us need to think about because ULTIMATELY we WILL be paying for this shit. One way or another. Through surgery or medical complications. It really just has to stop. The easy way is NOT the right way. Honestly, I can’t even say this is the easy way.. its just effing sick!
Let me know your thoughts? What else can I do? What else can we do as a community, as a society?