Meet Jessica Schnaider, a woman profiled in The New York Times’ Style section this weekend. Jessica, 41, wanted to lose weight for her wedding, but instead of doing the typical thing that most brides-to-be do — hire a trainer, go on a diet — to make their perfect wedding dress a reality, she went for a more, oh, extreme solution.
Jessica decided to put herself on a feeding tube.
Yes, Jessica voluntarily put herself on a damn feeding tube so she could drop a couple dress sizes in time for her wedding. And it worked! Actually a little too well. She lost 10 pounds in eight days. Jessica actually went off the feeding tube a couple of days early because she was dropping weight so quickly.
How does a feeding tube work? By restricting your calorie intake down to 800 calories a day. The cost of a feeding tube of your very own is not cheap — $1,500 for 10 days. And it also requires that you be of sturdy emotional stock. “People think I’m sick, I’m dying,” said Jessica, who said she refused to pick up her daughter from school, because “the children, they would be scared.”
So this sounds like a totally reasonable weight loss solution. Starve yourself, turn yourself into a social pariah, but hey, you’ll be able to fit into that dress for your big day. But what do the doctors say? The Times asked Dr. Oliver R. Di Pietro, who offers women this treatment at his clinic in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida.
“At first I decided not to do it for people who just want to lose a few pounds,” he explained. “But then I thought, why should I say 5 or 10 pounds are not enough? People want to be perfect.” Wow, that sounds totally ethical and on the ball.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s through a tube, a straw, a meal plan,” said another doctor — one who doesn’t offer feeding tube diets — Scott Shikora. “They all work, if someone goes from 3,000 calories a day to 800.” And plus, just like weird juice fasts, cleanses and the like, putting yourself on a goddamn feeding tube is trying to find a quick fix — at your body’s expense. It also hyper-fetishizes the whole wedding day experience for women, and reinforces the idea that weddings are supposed to be some kind of pinnacle moment in women’s lives. Maybe they are for some, but is a wedding really worth jeopardizing your health over? [NY Times]