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Oh. Yes. She. Did.

Hold the Press Releases, Suz!  

How do you go from not paying your taxes, failure to ship orders since 2011, closing your store, foreclosure, shutting down all communication to... THIS?

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U.S. Obesity Rates by State -

This is a bit terrifying.  America's weight problem is  obvious -- 35 % of us are overweight or obese with a BMI greater than or equal to 30.   Welcome to the United States of Bariatric Surgery.  I call it.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently mapped out the percentage of obese Americans by state using 2011 data, finding that greater percentages of obese people tend to reside in the south.
  • In fact, 34.9 percent of Mississippi residents were considered to be obese in 2011, making it the most obese state in America. Colorado, on the other hand, had the lowest percentage of obese citizens, at 20.7 percent.
  • While this number falls far under the national average, not a single state had fewer than 20 percent obese residents.

CDC Obesity  -


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Are Americans Ready to Solve the Weight of the Nation? — NEJM

Are Americans Ready to Solve the Weight of the Nation? — NEJM.

The dramatic increase in obesity among Americans over the past three decades has taken a major toll on our society, and progress toward curbing the epidemic has been minimal. Two thirds of adults and nearly one third of children in the United States are overweight or obese, and many public health experts are worried that we are not solving the problem quickly enough.

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The obesity society salutes Nike's "find your greatness" campaign

The obesity society salutes Nike's "find your greatness" campaign

Silver Spring, MD - With the entire globe focused on the Olympics, The Obesity Society (TOS) congratulates Nike for their "Find Your Greatness" campaign. The videos show compellingly that sport is an activity for every person, and individual athletic achievement is within the reach of everyone, whatever their starting point.  The campaign demonstrates that whoever we are, when we push ourselves to do the very best that we can, we achieve our own greatness.

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Study - Successful Weight Loss Among Obese U.S. Adults - How?

What WORKS to lose weight?  

Most of you know that weight loss surgery often works in the long term to lose weight, but not everyone (No, really...)  is a candidate for surgery

 Also, in the long-term it's not unusual for bariatric surgery post ops to again embark on diet plans to lose regained weight.  Shocking, I know!

What works?  What can we do to lose weight successfully?

Not fad diets.  Also, SHOCKING?  /end sarcasm 

If you want to lose weight, eat less fat, exercise more, and prescription weight loss pills.  Wait, really?  

That's what works?  Apparently, according to a new study from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.


"Researchers analyzed data from more than 4,000 obese people over the age of 20 with a body mass index of 30 or more and then interviewed them one year later. Over half of them were trying to lose weight when the study began. By the end of the study, 40 percent said they lost at least 5 percent of their body weight, while 20 percent of participants lost 10 percent or more.

Among the participants who shed pounds, they often reported working out and eating fewer fatty foods. Those who were in weight loss programs lost even greater amounts of weight.

Duh.  Right?  More from CBS -

What didn't work? Those people who participated in popular diets, liquid diets nonprescription weight loss pills and diet foods/products didn't see the scale tip in the right direction.

"It's very encouraging to find that the most of the weight loss methods associated with success are accessible and inexpensive," senior author Dr. Christina Wee, co-director of research in the division of general medicine and primary care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,  said in the statement.

"There are lots of fad diets out there as well as expensive over-the-counter medications that have not necessarily been proven to be effective, and it is important that Americans discuss product claims with their doctor before trying such products."

No fad diets.  Did you read that?  Stop it.

The study -

Successful Weight Loss Among Obese U.S. Adults
May 2012, Vol. 42, No. 5

Background: Little is known about weight control strategies associated with successful weight loss among obese U.S. adults in the general population.

Among those attempting weight loss, 1026 (40%) lost 5% and 510 (20%) lost 10% weight after adjustment for potential confounders, strategies associated with losing 5% weight included eating less fat; exercising more; and usingprescription weight loss medications 

Eating less fat; exercising more; and using prescription weight loss medications were also associated with losing 10% weight, as wasjoining commercial weight loss programs.

Adults eating diet products were less likely to achieve 10% weight loss Liquid diets, nonprescription diet pills, and popular diets had no association with successful weight loss.


A substantial proportion of obese U.S. adults who attempted to lose weight reported
weight loss, at least in the short term.  Obese adults were more likely to report achieving meaningful weight loss if they ate less fat, exercised more, used prescription weight loss medications, or participated in commercial weight loss programs.

Today - Should teens have weight loss surgery?

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This is a bit controversial, because while a third of the population is overweight or obese, the attitude until now has been kids need to cut the junk food and exercise more. but some doctors now say weight loss surgery is the best way to save obese kids from a life of potentially deadly diseases. early morning at nationwide children's hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and 17-year-old Megan Huffman is preparing for surgery.

Teenagers having weight loss surgery.  It's becoming more and more mainstream.  

While I am always a little very torn about children having bariatric surgery, I am also the parent of an overweight 14, 13, 10 and 5 year old.  I am married to a man who was 375 lbs before gastric bypass surgery.  I was 320 lbs pre-operatively.  His mom was pushing 400 lbs also before gastric bypass surgery, my dad 350 lbs, his sisters well over 300 lbs, one also post op.  

It is what it is.

I know it's in our future for someone -- at some point.  

12 year old gastric sleeve patient. I have no words.

From Dr. Alvarez, "Amazing "before and after" slideshow where Betsy, who had the gastric sleeve procedure at 12, shows her weight loss journey and results."

You bet I am torn about this.

I've met the surgeon who performed the surgery, several times... he's a lovely person with superb skill.  He's awfully cute as well.  (Of course I can't find the photo of us.)  BUT I DIGRESS.

However.  12 years old?  I can't get my 12 year old to shower on a predictable basis - how on EARTH would I get him to follow through with the long-term care and feeding of a bariatric surgery procedure?

Is it worth it to step in and thwart the long term effects of obesity at a very young age -- or are we screwing with an adolescents development?  

I am torn.  Very.

PS. I suppose I should mention? The little girl is the niece of her surgeon. Wait, what? Right. She's got a bariatric surgeon in the family -- whereas some of us can't get one on the phone.  Dr. A, will you adopt me?

Torn.  Very.

How much is your Starbucks habit REALLY costing you? *dies*

MM runs on Starbucks.  I heart my 'bucks.  However I only get my jolt of real in-store 'bucks espresso once a week or less.  Since I don't drive, and there's no 'bucks anywhere near me, I have to wait until I'm in a 'bucks region.  I am fully aware of my likelihood to be a multibucks-per-day person.  Give me a job in the city -- and the option for 'bucks locally?  I'd be mainlining the stuff and twitching on the subway.  I am sure that I would find ways to rationalize my coffee spending.  Just watch me.  :)

However -- I am also frugal.  Reading this article from Yahoo Finance is damn near enough to make me DUMP the stuff cold-turkey and put the coffee-funds in the bank every week.

Because.  OMG.  Some of YOU are spending MORE THAN THIS!  (Don't even get me started on the OTHER addictions you're wasting money on.  Hi, butts!)

Yahoo Finance -

If you buy one $4 latte each day, that coffee habit will set you back $28 a week, about $120 a month and $1,460 per year.

Keep that up for five years, and you've slurped away $7,300, not including any money you might have earned by investing your cash instead.

If you account for missed investment returns, the loss amounts to roughly $9,300 (assuming a 9% average return).

After 10 years, your Starbucks habit costs you a car.

After 30 years, the $239,891 that you drank away (including investment returns), could have bought a house.

Over 40 years, the Starbucks habit could reduce your retirement nest-egg by anastounding $634,428 -- enough to generate an income of more than $2,600 a month.

Did you see my mouth drop?

How can you save a 'bucks?  Quit going there so often.  None of us NEED several 'bucks a day.  NONE OF US.  (That hurts my heart to even SAY.)  


Nobody needs a Frappuccino.

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Um.  No.

Change up your order.  Learn how to order ghetto-bucks like MM.  Hey, I like saving money.  I get the most espresso I CAN for the least amount of money.  

Yes, I am calculating my potential savings.  But, you're still going to have to pry the espresso out of my hands.  My very cold hands.  It's 0 degrees outside, and I still want my Venti Iced Americano.

Insurers Often Don't Pay For Teen Weight-Loss Surgery

Insurers Often Don't Pay For Teen Weight-Loss Surgery

Via Kaiser Health News -

As obesity among young people continues to rise, a growing number of clinicians and researchers say that weight-loss surgery may be their best chance to take off significant weight and either correct or avoid conditions like diabetes and heart disease, which often go hand-in-hand with obesity. But although health plans frequently cover bariatric surgery in adults, insurance coverage for the procedure in patients under age 18 is spotty.

Experts in pediatric obesity say that caution is warranted and that insurers shouldn't just rubber-stamp such surgery in adolescents. But they say emerging research may lead to more coverage for young people.

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Should we drop food stamps to curb obesity?

Think Progress -

Santorum told the group he would cut the food stamp program, describing it as one of the fastest growing programs in Washington, D.C.

Forty-eight million people are on food stamps in a country with 300-million people, said Santorum.

“If hunger is a problem in America, then why do we have an obesity problem among the people who we say have a hunger program?” Santorum asked.

You have got to be kidding me.

Sir, have you ever been poor? 

Do you know how it is to eat when you have little money for groceries -- and have to choose between .99 cent offerings or a $1.50-$5 lb fruit?  (Or, in many situations,  toilet paper?) 

When forced to choose, (prior to having weight loss surgery, anyway...) I chose the cheapest food selections.  Hamburger Helper (Hey, $10 for 10....) instead of fresh veggies.

I can still get more calories + food at McDonald's than at the grocery store - if I were concerned about GETTING ENOUGH calories - and did not cook, or didn't understand much about nutrition - what would I choose?

Dollar menu MCDONALDS

My double cheeseburger is cheaper than an apple.  (Yes, I still eat fast food sometimes.)

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I gained in excess of 100 pounds in a relatively short period of time because I was eating very cheaply.  I had a spouse who worked in quick serve restaurant management and we often had lower cost fast food, and then he moved into retail management (Wal*Mart), and often brought home discount groceries. 

He's never gone without a job, but at times we've been quite broke.  When you have to choose, sometimes it does (or did...) come down to quantity vs. quality of food choices.  I have a family of six, one working parent.  Our groceries, if I don't cut to the basics, can cost a LOT.  We often keep it to the very bare bones.  (Right now, I have two kitchens/we've been living apart since August/but we share food, money, and I often cook food to send to the house, and I run out of things often.  Today I am totally out of milk, juice, poultry... I don't have the ability to just run up to the store and replace things:  either for money or transportation issues.)

I completely believe that income is related to obesity for many people.  When you have little money, what else can you fall back on?  If you cannot afford extras -- you might still be able to afford ice cream.  It becomes a hobby for MANY OF US.  If we couldn't afford to go out -- we could stay in -- and eat.

Maybe I have learned since then, it takes some time and experience to understand frugality and nutrition.  I was a bit forced into my learning since I had gastric bypass surgery, and my husband had it five weeks after me.  Ironically, our economic situation bottomed out around the same time, when we were at our heaviest weights.  (An aside:  He was told he would not be promoted if he didn't "look better" in his job, so... he lost the weight.  It worked.  He's been promoted at least three times since the weight loss.  Yes.  I get it.  It cuts like a knife.)  

The Obesity Action Coalition states - "Individuals affected by obesity are often victims of negative stigma. Obesity stigma is a major issue and is the last socially acceptable form of discrimination in our society." 

We had a crash-course in nutrition and weight loss and maintenance.  This was nearly eight years ago.  We've been at normal weights since then, and haven't touched Little Debbie SINCE.  (She was a big part of the downfall.)

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But what of the entire country? 

Many are still buying $1 options, because they have to or do not understand their options.  Lots of people have grown up in households with little to no nutritional understanding, and need education on the basics that is easily broken down into to-do lists.  And it needs to be everywhere and long term.

Taking away the supplemental nutrition programs isn't going to solve the obesity issue.  You can be fat and malnourished.  It all comes down to affordabilty, availabilty, choice and educating the consumer.  I would suggest that handing a family food stamps with little to no guidance and rules is a poor idea, but if they were given more nutritional guidance on How To Feed Your Family With Real Foods, it could be a start.   You can reach a huge portion of Americans struggling with obesity by reaching out VIA the food stamp program.  Obesity is often economic, environmental and genetic.  You have to reach the whole family.

I have a unique perspective right now, as I am currently living in an apartment and cannot easily reach a grocery store.  I cannot drive, and the closest grocery store is one walk and two buses away.  My only option for groceries, is a local convenience and liquor store and there the actual food options are somewhat limited and overpriced. 

This store accepts Food Stamps, and are a likely huge recipient of the program locally, as I am in a somewhat depressed area of my town.  Recipients in my area are paying too much Food Stamp money for little choice in food, because of the store's limitations.  A participant CAN, in fact, spend the entire monthly allotment on soda if they chose to.  I imagine this issue could be much, much worse in more urban areas with more poverty and smaller convenience stores, I'd bet there are families buying nothing BUT junk food because it's all they can GET TO. 

Instead of talking about cutting off food stamps for the poorest of Americans who struggle with obesity, let's educate.


Halo effect: Family members of gastric-bypass patients also lose weight, Stanford study finds

Halo effect: Family members of gastric-bypass patients also lose weight, Stanford study finds

Stanford University Medical Center 

STANFORD, Calif. — Family members of patients who have undergone surgery for weight loss may also shed several pounds themselves, as well as eat healthier and exercise more, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Okay -- don't RUN OUT and have WLS expect your wife to lose 100 lbs --

A year after the 35 patients in the study had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, their obese adult family members weighed on average 8 pounds less, the researchers say.

In addition, many of the children in these families also appeared to benefit through their close association with the patient, exhibiting a lower body mass index than would have been expected given their growth curve.

The study notes that overweight women on a traditional medically supervised diet, such as Atkins or Ornish, lose between 2 and 5 percent of their body weight over 12 months. Over that same period of time, both obese men and women in the families of the surgery patients lost 3 percent of their body weight overall — slimming down, on average, from 234 to 226 pounds.

"Family members were able to lose weight comparable to being part of a medically controlled diet simply by accompanying the bariatric surgery patient to their pre- and post-operative visits," said senior author John Morton, MD, MPH, associate professor of surgery at Stanford and director of bariatric surgery at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

The findings will be published Oct. 17 in the Archives of Surgery. The lead author of the study is Gavitt Woodard, MD, a 2011 graduate of the Stanford School of Medicine.


Maggie Goes Down The Toilet - "Maggie Goes on a Diet."

Did you know that we are part of an online FLASH MOB!  Get yer pitchforks!  RAWR!  

Not so much.  But, I still don't think this book is a good idea.  

AP News via myfoxLA -

The online mess for Kramer began recently with outraged commenters on Amazon, where pre-orders have not propelled Maggie anywhere near the top of the rankings. There is now a "savemaggie" hashtag on Twitter, a "Say No to Maggie Goes on a Diet" Facebook page, calls for a boycott and demands that Amazon and Barnes & Noble pull the book.

Kramer will not disclose how many orders he has for Maggie, which will not be in circulation until October. While most of the attention has been negative, he said, there are supporters, like this one who responded to a book basher on Twitter: "She's 14, not 6. Are you seriously suggesting that, with the obesity problem in this country, that a book teaching children to exercise and eat right, is somehow IMMORAL? I bet your fat."

Kramer, who went on "Good Morning America" and CNN to defend the book, already has regrets, although using the word "diet" is not one of them. Diet, he said, is not a dirty word as many of his angry critics have declared. Even for a book clearly most appropriate for little kids? He insists he didn't have 4-year-olds in mind, thinking more along the lines of 8 and up.

"The main message was that Maggie went on a diet predominantly because she loves sports and wanted to be able to run faster, bend more easily and be better able to play sports more effectively," Kramer told The Associated Press by phone from Maui, where he lives with his wife and soccer-loving, 16-year-old son.

Kramer, who struggled with obesity as a child and a young adult and still works to keep the pounds off, wishes Maggie's fantasy self in the mirror had not been quite so thin on the book's cover. He also wishes her transformation through weight loss had not been quite so much: 51 pounds in a little more than eight months.

"Now that I see the controversy I would say that I would have had her lose about 30 pounds and still have a little way to go," said Kramer, who is neither a physician nor a nutrition expert.

He said he is just a guy who wants to inspire overweight kids to be healthy.

"I regret that people associated the word 'diet' as me trying to push dieting on 4-year-olds and 6-year-olds. I'm not," Kramer said. "To me, diet means a change of habits, eating nutritiously, losing unhealthy weight."

Leslie Sanders, medical director of the Eating Disorder Program at Goryeb Children's Center in Summit, New Jersey, thinks Kramer's references to dieting in a rhyming picture book featuring a teen girl are unfortunate. The same goes for the notion that a child's key to success, beauty and popularity is being thin.

"There's a mismatch here," Sanders said. "You've got a rhyming book you're reading to a 4-year-old or a 6-year-old about a teenager focused on weight and eating. Why should young children be thinking about weight? There's no reason to have literature about dieting for young children at all."

In addition, most little kids don't sit down as Maggie the teen does once her "diet" begins and whip up their own oatmeal with yogurt and fruit, or prepare their own turkey sandwich with mustard and lettuce, followed by a dinner of vegetables "with various proteins," as the book describes.

You know who makes those choices for little kids? Their parents, Sanders said. The ones that do not appear in the book about Maggie the red pigtailed teen. In fact, there are no adults in the book at all.

That disturbs Arden Greenspan-Goldberg, a New York City psychotherapist who specializes in eating disorders and has a 22-year-old daughter.

"As women and mothers, we have our work cut out for us," she said. "We hope that when our girls look in the mirror, they like what they see."

Contrary to the online flash mob, Maggie does stand up to her tormenters in her own sad, quiet way.

"Most of the times Maggie did not wish to respond or counterattack," Kramer writes. "On rare occasions Maggie got so mad she could not hold back. She said, 'Is your life so boring that you have nothing else better to do? How would you like it and how would you feel if everyone picked on you? So

lose your stinger and make like a bee and buzz on through.'"

Once Maggie drops the weight, she not only gains gal pals but enjoys the attention of, urg, guys, another little something that young girls do not really need to think about.

She also gets higher grades and is invited to her first sleepover, bringing along deodorant spray so she doesn't have to worry about leaving a smell when she uses the bathroom.

Meanwhile, back on the soccer field, the teen encounters a pudgy, smaller girl as she practices and offers some tips. "She reminded Maggie of how Maggie was before she lost the weight," Kramer writes.

The book concludes, as Maggie collects a soccer trophy: "It is sad that people are judged mainly because of how they look. A pretty cover does not necessarily guarantee a good book."


Maggie Goes on A Diet: Controversial Children's Book Aimed at Overweight Kids, plus Keith Ablow is a DOUCHE.

Screen shot 2011-08-25 at 8.26.35 AM My first thought when viewing this news piece about the new kids' book:  "Maggie Goes on A Diet" was--  

"WHAT A GREAT WAY to get eyeballs to your OTHER books."  Right?  Make enough people angry or inspired -- we might go check out what else you've written.  It always works.

I can't get the video code to stick here, so go watch it, note please that the author is also Of Size Himself.

Dr. Keith Ablow supports this book, while being an asshole!  

Maggie Goes on a Diet, a new book by children's author Paul Michael Kramer, is drawing fire from those who believe it inappropriately focuses children on their weight and, by doing so, could lead to eating disorders. In the book, Maggie, a 14-year-old girl who is very overweight and has a negative self-image goes on a diet, works hard at it, loses weight and becomes a soccer star at school. She likes herself better, so the story ends happily-ever-after.

The same people criticizing Paul Michael Kramer and his Maggie Goes on a Diet are the people handing out ribbons and trophies to their kids whether they win or lose.

They're the people who are letting their kids use Facebook and disseminate mini-reality-bending, narcissism-inducing autobiographies of themselves to hundreds of fake "friends."

They're the people who are buying candy and ice cream for their overweight sons and daughters because saying "no" might injure them in some mysterious way that has never been proven—ever.

These are the people who also, by the way, fuel America's false economy with fake stimulus packages and bailouts and the printing of fake currency.

Maggie is a brave 14-year-old taking charge of her nutritional status, her weight and her life.

I think she's a fabulous role model—far better than the size 20 women who go on talk shows and lie about how happy they are with their bodies. And Paul Michael Kramer is a brave author for bringing her to life.

Hopefully, some of those Americans who would rather hear that everything will be okay as long as we tell every child how perfect she is, will actually read his book, too.

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ASBP does NOT support removing kids from home

"The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) does not support the concept that state intervention to remove a child from his or her home is the proper way to address life threatening cases of childhood obesity.  Comprised of physicians involved in the frontline clinical treatment of obesity, the ASBP believes that in most cases this type of state intervention is extreme and unjustified.  (August 16, 2011)"


Because the idea is RIDICULOUS.

If these rules were in place -- I run the risk of losing my kids -- for what?  Having overweight kids.  All four children are overweight.  They are genetically screwed and environmentally jacked up.  We do what we can -- but you know even by surgically altering Mom AND Dad?  You can't change fate, much.

Choose MyPlate - New Nutritional Guidelines - Fail.

No more food pyramid
I found this on a joke site, and I thought it was mocking the REAL new USDA Nutritional Guidelines.   It's not, it's the real deal.

"First Lady, Agriculture Secretary Launch MyPlate Icon as a New Reminder to Help Consumers to Make Healthier Food Choices 

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2011 – First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups.The MyPlate icon is available to view and download in PDF and JPG formats. â€œThis is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating and as a mom, I can already tell how much this is going to help parents across the country,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “When mom or dad comes home from a long day of work, we’re already asked to be a chef, a referee, a cleaning crew. So it’s tough to be a nutritionist, too. But we do have time to take a look at our kids’ plates. As long as they’re half full of fruits and vegetables, and paired with lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy, we’re golden. That’s how easy it is.”

How BIG is  your plate?  

This is goofy.  I'm envisioning people at a buffet, thinking about this icon, "filling your plate" to the brim, trying to hit all the categories at once.

"There's fruit *grabs fruit cocktail*!  There's veggies *digs through buttered corn*!  There's grains *scoops white rice*!  And I found the protein *loads the chicken fried steak*!  Get me a big glass of milk!"

Mrs. Obama says -

“Parents don’t have the time to measure out exactly three ounces of chicken or to look up how much rice or broccoli is in a serving,” First lady Michelle Obama said today at the unveiling of the MyPlate campaign

So the answer is asking parents to "fill a plate" instead?






Fat Kids in Georgia Like Hot Donuts.

I originally heard of the anti obesity campaign in Georgia from the Obesity Action Coalition, and it's made it's way to Adweek's - Ad Freak.  Ad Week is a LOT less disgusted than the OAC and we, the formerly obese peers, however, it appears that this campaign leaves a BAD TASTE IN YOUR MOUTH.

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Childhood Obesity PSA = Heroin?

I laughed at this, because I have called SUGAR my CRACK since I had weight loss surgery, and I often say that I am a crackhead, and you will find me doing that to white granulated sugar someday. (Actually, as a hypoglycemic, I have to, I have a sugar injection kit in my house.)

But, it's a bit, dramatic.

And, now I want a hamburger.

The number on the scale determines my worth.

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Have you abused your scale?  Have you threatened to throw it?

I have.

Have you stepped on your scale more than once a day, just to see?  And, have you gotten angry because the weight hasn't budged, or WORSE, GOT HIGHER?  (Perhaps because you OMG ATE SOME FOOD?)

I have.

Have you put it "away" for a while, just to take a break from the constant mental fight you have with this piece of metal?

I have.

Have you played with the zero-balance, on more than one scale just to see if each weighs you the SAME, or if "this one has GOT to be broken!?"

Yeah.  Been there.

Why do we do this to ourselves?  Because.  

We are conditioned to believe we are as good as the NUMBER ON THE SCALE.  My girls are already doing this -- and they aren't picking it up from me.  It's SCARY.  (It is environmental, if Mom, Dad or Grandma says it, it STICKS, or if you hear it at school?  Forget about it.)

Am I simply 167  lbs.?  Am I a better person today than I was a few months ago at 189?  Or, am I a worse person because I am not 150 pounds like I WAS?  

NO.  THAT IS CRAZY TALK.  However, if you asked me that several years ago, just after weight loss surgery, I would have had a different answer.

Why do we allow numbers to define WHO/WHAT/WHEN/WHERE and WHY we are who we are?  Because.  Just because.  And, I THINK IT SUCKS.  

It's obvious that I am learning where I stand in this "community" -- and I am a parent of four kids -- whom are the future target market of a bariatric surgeon.  My oldest child turned 13 yesterday, and she's many pounds heavier than I was at her age.  I thought that if mom and dad had weight loss surgery it would circumvent a lot of this, however, this blog may never end.

*"How would you feel if you stepped on the scale in the morning and it always gave you a compliment? "you're perfect", "you're gorgeous", "you're hot!" You'll never have another bad scale day with a Yay! Scale. Thanks to the principles of quantum physics - a Yay! Scale."

Weight Loss Surgery and Teenagers - A report

Teens are having weight loss surgery at a much higher rate than EVER before.  This is only going to get more and more prevalent as our nation gets more and more obese.

Health Day -

More overweight teenagers are undergoing laparoscopic gastric band surgery, a weight-loss procedure that isn't approved for anyone under 18 years old, a new study finds.

Click here to find out more!

Looking at a database of bariatric surgeries in California, researchers found that gastric band operations, which constrict the stomach, increased seven-fold from 2005 to 2007.

The rates are going up "as diet and activity are proven again and again to be ineffective at getting morbidly obese patients to lose weight," said study co-author Dr. Daniel A. DeUgart, a pediatric surgeon at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Weight-loss surgery has surged in popularity over the past decade. Gastric bypass surgery, the gold standard, routes food away from much of the stomach, but the study found that fewer teens were opting for that procedure, and signing up for gastric banding instead.

Both operations are designed to make it difficult for people to overeat because they'll feel sick if they do.

For the study, published online Sept. 20 in the journal Pediatrics, the researchers found that 590 people between 13 and 20 years old underwent gastric band or gastric bypass surgery in the period studied.

The study -

Trends and Outcomes of Adolescent Bariatric Surgery in California, 2005–2007

Howard C. Jen, MD, MSHSa, Diana G. Rickard, MDb, Stephen B. Shew, MDa, Melinda A. Maggard, MD, MSHSa, Wendy M. Slusser, MDb,c, Erik P. Dutson, MDa, Daniel A. DeUgarte, MDa,c

Departments of aSurgery and
bPediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California; and
cUCLA Fit for Healthy Weight Program, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, Los Angeles, California

Objective The goal of this study was to evaluate trends, and outcomes of adolescents who undergo bariatric surgery.

Patients and Methods Patients younger than 21 years who underwent elective bariatric surgery between 2005 and 2007 were identified from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development database. Multivariate logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with the type of surgery.

Results Overall, 590 adolescents (aged 13–20 years) underwent bariatric surgery in 86 hospitals. White adolescents represented 28% of those who were overweight but accounted for 65% of the procedures. Rates of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) increased 6.9-fold from 0.3 to 1.5 per 100 000 population (P < .01), whereas laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) rates decreased from 3.8 to 2.7 per 100 000 population (P < .01). Self-payers were more likely to undergo LAGB (relative risk [RR]: 3.51 [95% confidence interval: 2.11–5.32]) and less likely to undergo LRYGB (RR: 0.45 [95% confidence interval: 0.33–0.58]) compared with privately insured adolescents. The rate of major in-hospital complication was 1%, and no deaths were reported. Of the patients who received LAGB, 4.7% had band revision/removal. In contrast, 2.9% of those who received LRYGB required reoperations.

Conclusions White adolescent girls disproportionately underwent bariatric surgery. Although LAGB has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in children, its use has increased dramatically. There was a complication rate and no deaths. Long-term studies are needed to fully assess the efficacy, safety, and health care costs of these procedures in adolescents.

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