As health decreases and obesity increases, more people will look to drastic, alternative surgeries to drop pounds fast.
One surgical procedure that has made its introduction in America only this year is pretty drastic, to say the least! I really want to know what you think of this procedure, so please leave your comments below!
Please answer this question for me:
Would you consider sewing a mesh screen to your tongue to stop you from eating?
Could this even be a possibility? Amazingly, yes, it is now a reality.
Here are the details:
A small mesh patch, about the size of a stamp, is sewn directly onto the tongue.
You can learn to talk comfortably with it installed, but eating is uncomfortable.
The Doctor who created it, Dr. Nikolas Chugay, claims you will be able to stick to a liquid diet for a full month, which will in turn cause drastic weight loss. The good doctor claims that patients are losing about 20-30 pounds in a single month.
The good news is that the patch must be removed after 30 days, so that the patient can go back to a solid diet.
There are definitely a large amount of people who think this is not a good (read: very, very bad) idea, but Dr. Chugay defends his product against critics. Comparing this surgery to other weight loss surgeries, like gastric bypass or the lap-band, Dr. Chugay says his procedure is cheaper, only around $1500. He also notes that it is reversible, the procedure requires only local anesthesia, and the total surgery only takes about 10 minutes.
Is Drastic Surgery Necessary?
Worldwide reports prove that citizens in the world’s richest countries are getting fatter and fatter, and the United States has the fastest growing population of obese people.
The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development released figures demonstrating that a full 75% of Americans will be considered obese (BMI=30+) in only 10 years from now.
Even with everything we know about how to lose weight effectively, people continue to get heavier and heavier…And instead of taking control of their bad eating habits, they are turning to drastic surgeries and gimmicks – which may not be helpful in the long-run.
This tongue surgery, only a matter of time…
The amount of people getting liposuction, gastric bypass, and stomach stapling has been steadily increasing every year as we seem to have given up on the idea of actually adhering to a healthy lifestyle on our own.
So, I guess tongue surgery only makes sense. What about a shock collar that detects sugar… that would be fun. Or they could just create a pill we could take that made us feel nauseous all the time. Or why not just cut off our fingers… making it really hard to eat?
Back to the tongue surgery, this is no long term solution. This liquid diet may help with short term weight loss, but my bet is that people gain the weight back extremely quickly once they are able to eat without feeling excruciating tongue pain…
How about you?
What measures would you take to lose some quick pounds, aside from changing your eating habits and getting more exercise, of course?
Source: Keller, Greg. “Number of fat people in US to grow, report says.” Yahoo News September 30, 2010.