Is a Feeding Tube the Latest Bridal Accessory?

   By drodriguez  Apr 19, 2012

We’ve all heard of brides going the extra mile to drop a few vanity pounds before squeezing into their gowns, but recent reports of a bride-to-be using a feeding tube days before her wedding seem a bit over the top for many.

The New York Daily News reports about the lengths some brides are now going to in order to look svelte on the big day. One Florida bride, Jessica Schnaider, was so eager to drop a few pounds that she paid $1,500 to have a feeding tube inserted through her nostril for ten days.

The feeding tube gives patients a protein-based formula with a small amount of calories and fat, but absolutely no carbs. The patient keeps a small bag with the formula attached to the tube in a purse by their side at all times. Rapid weight loss occurs when the body begins to go into starvation mode, known as ketosis, burning its own fat rather than sugar.

This type of extreme diet , known as enteral proteic nutrition, has been used in the past to treat patients who are morbidly obese. Many doctors will only perform the procedure on patients who must drop a significant amount of weight due to the fact that losing weight that quick can cause significant health problems, but Schnaider was able to find a doctor willing to work with her.

Though many feel that what Schnaider did was extreme and a health risk, she was very satisfied with the results from her feeding tube diet. She said she did not feel hungry and ended up losing her goal of 10 pounds in just eight days.

What do you think of the new feeding tube diet some brides are going on in order to lose a few vanity pounds?

Would you ever go to this length to get ready for the big day?


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Cakes74 by Cakes74 | GLENNVILLE, GA
May 03, 2012

Absolutely Not!!! That is taking it too far. What about the many people, children and adults who have no option other than a feeding tube to live. This is a mockery to those people. All she needed to do is back away from the table. She could have went on a low carb high protein shake in the weeks leading to the wedding, and got great results. It's a mockery to those people who only have this option live. This society is messed up. I never thought I would see a Bride result to this level. It's sending the WRONG message to our young girls today. It's sad!

Stefanie28 by Stefanie28 | TULSA, OK
Apr 20, 2012

I think it's the stupidest thing a woman could do. I have a genetic disorder that causes me to be skinny, I'm 5 feet tall and only 83 pounds...Being skinny is not all that, it's not the most important thing in the world. Women that do this feeding tube "diet" should be hospitalized for trying to commit suicide.

sguillen50 by sguillen50 | SAN ANTONIO, TX
Apr 19, 2012

Wow, I think weddings have gone from a time to share your love with your family and friends, to something just disgusting. Its about the most expensive items, who looks the skinniest, the best...bigger things. It's sad really...

didama by didama | MAPLEWOOD, NJ
Apr 19, 2012

You've got to be kidding me?! What will we think of next?

heavenly41 by heavenly41 | PORTLAND, OR
Apr 19, 2012

People need to wake up. What's really messed up is my metabolism is so high that I am down to 117 lbs after 7 kids. I eat like a horse, have started a gym with a friend to tone up and I honestly have to say it's not all that it's cracked up to be to do this type of damage to your body. If 1/2 the pop. would realize what is in their processed foods, they'd realize that if they changed certain things and eat in moderation, they could lose a few lbs. I have had heavier/not so heavier friends stand by this. I hate when people comment, "You are so skinny!" they honestly think it's a compliment but you get to the point you say it's the same thing as telling someone "you need to lose a few lbs." It doesn't sit to well. It saddens me to see these drastic steps along with the other things people do to their bodies. I hope I don't get any disgruntlement from this, but hey, we are who we are:) My opinion is in no way meant to offend anyone (if I do).

GinaLola by GinaLola | ELK GROVE, CA
Apr 19, 2012

This is awful and way too extreme. It would be so great if we all loved and accepted ourselves. I would never do something like this to loose a few pounds for one special day.

nicolesister by nicolesister | NEW ORLEANS, LA
Apr 19, 2012

I agree. This is just going to far.

jygriebel by jygriebel | Marble, PA
Apr 19, 2012

No I wouldn't go to this length! The pressure to conform and be "perfect" in our society is awful. I wish everyone could accept themselves and others the way they are!