Dieting, Bariatric Surgery vs. Healthy Weight Loss
Outspoken TV personality Sharon Osbourne recently revealed that she felt ashamed about losing weight after surgery.
“I felt (like) such a cheat when I had that band on my stomach,” she said, referring to her 1999 gastric bypass procedure, which left her feeling constantly nauseated.”
The former X Factor UK judge – who is married to Ozzy Osbourne and has children Aimee, Kelly and Jack – explains that she felt like a ‘cheat’ after gastric bypass surgery because she didn’t lose the weight healthfully.
In 2006, Osbourne got the band removed and is now on the low-carb Atkins diet, although she still occasionally ‘cheats.’
“I’d be fibbing if I said I don’t cheat because I do cheat,” she confessed. “I cheat a lot on my diet. We all do, but I don’t guilt myself out because the next day I’ll start with my Atkins breakfast sandwich and I’m right back on it.”
Question: Are diets – Atkins included – really healthy weight loss methods? We’ve seen plenty of women at Green Mountain who would testify to the opposite.
Dieting Is Actually The Opposite Of Healthy Weight Loss
Dieting can actually cause you to gain weight and damage your self-esteem in the process. That’s why we sponsored the Healthy Weight Week this year, which is an educational event to help change public perception that weight determines health and that dieting is a viable health solution. Instead, we encourage women to learn how to manage a healthy weight through a non-diet program and declare their independence from dieting.
The Diet Mentality
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Osbourne’s words reflect a prevalent diet mentality which is a cycle of restrictive dieting, cravings and ‘cheating’ which almost guarantees defeat for the dieter and frequently ends in self-loathing. Many women feel guilt and shame about their inability to lose weight successfully and feel like failures if they can’t ‘stick’ to their diet and eat something ‘bad.’
Medical Professionals Warn About Atkins Health Risks
Women may see Osbourne as a role model and want to try Atkins, but many concerned medical professionals warn about the health risks associated with the Atkins diet:
The American Heart Association, American Dietetic Association, and the American Kidney Fund have all published statements warning about the various dangers associated with low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), has been speaking out about the dangers of high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets since its founding in 1985.
These diets also typically accelerate calcium losses and have led major health organizations to raise important questions about their possible contribution to heart problems, kidney abnormalities, osteoporosis, and other health problems.
(Source: Atkins Diet Alert)
Osbourne, Paid Atkins Spokeswoman, Now ‘Cheats’ Without Guilt
The healthiness or unhealthiness of Atkins aside, it was curious to me why Sharon Osbourne would feel guilty about ‘cheating’ with gastric bypass surgery yet doesn’t feel any guilt ‘cheating’ on the Atkins diet. Then, after seeing this YouTube video (below), I learned that she’s become a paid spokeswoman for Atkins.
Genuine or no, Osbourne’s recent confession now looks to me more like a garden-variety media opportunity to plug Atkins as a ‘healthier’ alternative to weight loss surgery, despite well-known medical concerns. And, however uniformed or misguided, Osbourne is also perpetuating a diet mentality that many women end up struggling against for years.
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40 Reasons to Stop Dieting Now
How refreshing would it be to see a celebrity speak out against the harmful effects of dieting, which is not only a physically and mentally unhealthy way to manage weight, but also not a very successful long-term method for most. But I guess there’s no one to really sponsor that message!