I read this and watched the video and it just set off something inside of me that I have to express.
A 12 year old girl has had liposuction because she couldn't lose weight and wanted to feel "normal" whatever the hell that is!!!
ABC news video and article.
Now I have to say that I do feel for that little girl. Kids are unbelievably cruel and being different, fat, smart, stupid, makes you a target. But her parents I'd like to slap silly.
They say she's been on a diet since she was 3. Well, that right there is wrong on so many levels I don't even know where to start. You should never put a child on a diet. Did they ever consider healthy food and maybe some play time????
They said they've tried everything. I don't think so. This is one of my pet peeves so bear with me. I have seen soooo many people who say, "I've tried everything. Nothing works. I can't lose weight" (said in a high whiny voice). Then I've seen them eat. Fast food, junk food, soda!!! Okay, have you tried not eating that crap?????
I have a couple of friends who have had gastric bypass. It's very hard for me not to say something but I don't. Everyone of them has had this surgery then not changed their eating. They continue to eat the high calorie foods they ate before (except those they can't eat) they just eat less of them. Have you seen Al Roker lately??? Or that nurse on ER???? They both had the surgery, lost a ton of weight, now look at them they are putting it back on. People can't seem to get it through their heads, it's not your body you have to change - it's your mind.
My sister was heavy her entire life. About 6 years ago she got into a car accident and part of the injuries were all her internal organs were badly bruised. Because of that for almost 4 months she could hardly eat. As a result she lost a ton of weight. She was very pleased with the weight loss, who wouldn't be. But has she learned anything? No. She still eats the same way she did and doesn't exercise. Now though when she starts to gain weight she just stops eating. Yeah, that's healthy.
Dear god, I know better than anyone how hard it is to lose weight. I've been battling my weight for years. I began this last war in 1998 and I'm still not done. I've had major setbacks. Times when I threw in the towel and said screw it all. Times when I wanted to have surgery. But I'm smart enough to realize that the surgery is not going to work unless I change the way I eat. If I'm going to change the way I eat anyway why have the surgery?????
This little girls parents were asked if she's changed her eating and her dad said no. He said she's been on a diet since she was 3 and knows how to eat. Hello!!!!! Just how stupid are you people??? Her eating is what got her in the state she's in. She's 12 years old. She doesn't think for the future, it's right here right now. Oh my god. Really, some people should not be parents. They should be sterilized like dogs.
It really all boils down to chemistry. Eat less, move more. It's that simple and it's that hard.
Okay, rant over.
25 November 2006
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Great rant! You can't "bypass" why you're fat. And when you do...you've bound to fail yet again.
Clearly the girl's parents are the ones with the issues, and they've passed them on to her. If she's been "dieting" since the age of 3, her metabolism is likely toast by now.
What she needs is a good exercise program and a realistic eating plan. But with parents who see nothing wrong with putting a 12 year old under the knife for purely cosmetic reasons, I don't see it happening.
And I'm totally with you on people who have tried "everything." I read an amusing-scary article in the local paper several months ago in which people claimed to be willing to do "anything" to lose weight. They claimed to be willing to give up jobs, life partners, homes, even kids and appendages! But EXERCISE? Oh, hell no.
I just don't get it, but I suspect these are the same people who tell me I can eat anything I want because I'm "skinny." Uh, no. I look this way because I don't eat anything I want.
Note: Okay, I do eat anything I want on hard training days. But that's why I live for long runs. :-)
Wow. That's kind of disturbing. A 12 year old is not finished growing. Who knows what could happen?
It's tough to admit that weight loss means permanent changes in the way we eat/think/live but that's the final story. No quick fix to losing weight and MAINTAINING the loss.
Good luck on your journey.
It's very true. People are not honest with themselves regarding what they eat. Even when required to log everything they don't. I think the biggest cause for obesity and diabetes in this country is soda. Sometime in the future I think soda companies are going to being facing the same things cigarette manufacturers are now. Everyone knows soda is bad for you. Good rant.
Like you said, sometimes its not how much you eat only but the choices you make. I mean, if you ate 5 apples or some other fruit or vegetable, that would most likely fill you up for a while atleast. But if you ate 5 cheeseburgers or fries, that too would fill you up, but you can see the difference, right? I went through the weight loss thing for a while before I finally changed my eating habits and then I saw results. No amount of exercise will totally fix the eating problems if you continue to make bad choices. It sounds like this little girl is substituting sensible eating habits for the quick fix, which in the long run won't necessarily be a quick and final fix.
I hope they invite her back to be on the show in 12 months time.... any predictions?
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