Dangerous diets and other stupid things
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|Wed, 07-02-2003 - 3:45pm|
Ok, this is a rant, you've been warned!
We have some friends, neighbors actually that we spent some time with at the pool yesterday. While there the mother complimented me on my weight loss and asked me what I was doing. She has been a lifetime member of weight watchers for a few years and wanted to know if I had "finally joined" in her words. I explained that I've been eating healthier and going to the gym. At which time she explained that she doesn't like to sweat and that with weight watchers you aren't forced to workout. I let it go. There is no point arguing with people who won't work out. She then explained how the lifetime thing works. That because she reached her "goal weight" she just goes in once a month to weigh in. And that as long as she is within two pounds of her goal she is fine, if she is more than two pounds over she has to pay them. Talk about a great scam, I wish I had thought of it. But nevermind, WW has taught alot of people some good things, this isn't to slam on them. I asked her how that worked and explained about the three or four pound fluctuations based on time of day and day of month that I experience. She told me that it is fine because she decides what day she is going and weighs herself at home first. If she is too heavy she "just fasts and takes some laxatives and diuretics until at goal weight". No lie! She admitted it. So, I bit my tongue and tried not to lose it. She held up her water and said, "I'm fasting right now so I can weigh in Thursday before our trip." I was horrified. If your maintenance plan is to fast and take stuff to purge your body before weigh in the plan has failed...
I was then even more upset when my daughter offered hers a strawberry and was told that she couldn't she was fasting with her mom to support her. What? This is an eleven year old girl who has fasted for two days with her mom? And her mom let her? I had to sit down with my daughter afterwards and explain the absolute stupidity of the entire thing so she wouldn't buy into it.
I have never had any doubt that the mother in question wasn't all there. I'm now questioning the wisdom of allowing my kids to play with hers at all. I'm terrified that anyone would teach their daughter such dangerous behavior for the sake of a number on a scale. This is our next generation, which is going to win out, healthy living or dangerous dieters?
Whew, gosh it feels good to vent all that. I swear I'm going to write a book when I reach my goal weight. I'm gonna make a million!