Kelly Osborne considering the gastric band for weight maintenance

by Christine on April 13th, 2011

filed under Eating Disorders, Gastric Banding Surgery, General Information

Kelly Osbourne: Gastric Band For TV Star Kelly Osbourne?

Monday April 11, 2011

KELLY Osbourne is desperate to stay slim.

According to a report from Britain’s Daily Star newspaper, the E! Fashion Police co-host  is considering getting a gastric band surgery to maintain her svelte figure.

“Kel’s at her wit’s end over her weight and is worried she’s putting back all the pounds she fought so hard to lose,” a source said.

“She’s recently been on holiday and put on almost a stone (14 pounds) while enjoying herself. She got a bit of a shock when she got home and realized she couldn’t fit into her new clothes.

“Kelly knows a gastric band would be drastic but she’s desperate to keep the weight off. Being the face of Madonna’s range just adds more pressure. She’s scared of getting axed in favor of someone skinny if she puts on more weight.”

Kelly — who split with her last boyfriend Luke Worrall after he reportedly cheated on her with both men and women — recently revealed she wants to have a baby with her gay best friend, because her mother Sharon Osbourne would “love it”.

“I’m fed up with straight men — I’d love a baby with my gay best friend Nate,” Kelly told Closer magazine. “We’d be the perfect parents and my mum would love it!”

Kelly –- who is the new face of Madonna and her daughter Lourdes’ clothing line Material Girl — recently revealed she is dating 26-year-old musician Rob Damiani, but the pair are planning to take things slowly.

“It’s true, I’m having fun getting to know someone new,” she said. “I met Rob over in the UK recently, and I want to take things slowly, so that means keeping some things private.”

Source: http://www.showbizspy.com/article/230375/kelly-osbourne-gastric-band-for-tv-star-kelly-osbourne.html

Why do I bring this bit of drivel up?  I think this article is interesting for two reasons. Firstly, it’s interesting that a doctor would consider performing gastric banding surgery on Kelly Osborne when she is under the BMI criteria, which is currently 40.  (In the USA the current minimum BMI is 40. Likewise, in the UK, the NHS requires a 40 minimum BMI) Kelly is not currently overweight, so she doesn’t need the surgery in order to lose the weight. Interesting.

(Read a recent and related article about using the gastric band as a weight maintenance tool here.)

Secondly, the idea of using the gastric band for weight maintenance is an interesting one. In my own experience, the reason why I chose the gastric band is because hopefully the device will allow me to maintain my weight without the need for a yo-yo weight gain/loss for the rest of my life. I’ve done the whole yo-yo thing and it sucks. The gastric band really does give me some kind of peace of mind that I can lose weight and keep the weight off.

So should a major surgery like this be used simply for weight maintenance?  Why not? Other than the risks involved in the actual surgery, I don’t see how it can hurt to put some measures in place to ensure that you can live a healthy lifestyle for the long term.

But I want to take this even a step further: I think that the gastric band can be a successful device for treating those suffering from eating disorders, especially binge eating disorder and perhaps even bulimia.  The band prevents binging from occurring (seriously. You just can’t overindulge in a short time frame with a tight gastric band), so why can’t the device be used to help those suffering from binging-related disorders?  Hmmmm. Food for thought.

What do you think about using the gastric band or other weight loss devices in order to maintain your weight? What do you think about the idea of using the gastric band for treatment of some eating disorders?

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Meet Emily! She’s just starting her weight loss journey…

by Christine on April 12th, 2011

filed under Short Stories

It is my pleasure to introduce you all to my friend Emily! She’s a lovely lady who is starting off on her weight loss journey. To keep her accountable, she is going to post regular V-blogs, which I will share with you! Please post a comment to encourage her on her way. Look up user “Ametsipe” on YouTube and subscribe to her v-blog if you prefer that way of following her.

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Exercise! And P90X.

by Christine on April 11th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Exercise

Okay, so I am the first to admit it: I’ve been a total slacker when it comes to my exercise. Since my half-marathon in December I kind of called it quits on the exercise and got lazier than heck.

I still am not exercising as much as I should, but with the weather getting nicer, I’m already doing a lot more activity.  This weekend I did a P90X video with my hubby. This morning I actually dragged my sorry butt out of bed and went jogging.  If the weather holds up (aka: it doesn’t rain) I’ll go rollerblading at lunchtime.

It’s me! Working out in my living room. Ha ha, too bad the picture is of me holding “baby weights.” I need to increase my weights, badly!

Hubby has lost a lot of inches since starting p90X! It’s done wonders for him. He’s frustrated that the scale hasn’t moved, but it must all be turning to muscle; I can definitely see a change in his physique. Go honey go!

For those unfamiliar with P90X, it’s a workout video that takes 90 days to complete.  The workout emphasizes plyometrics, which I have always said is the best for fat-blasting and cardiovascular health (read that old post here). It also incorporates strength training and stretching (yoga) and core workouts (situps).  (read my old legs strength training routine here)  I’m going to be hurting tomorrow after the arm workout yesterday. I can’t wait! DOMS is something I love and seek out!

I have a vacation coming up really soon, and it’s important to me that I pack my gym clothes and I use the fitness facility at least twice while I’m gone. Oh, I’ll get lots of exercise in without the gym: swimming, walking, hiking, etc., but I want to ensure that I really get the powerful workout that I need.

It’s springtime, y’all! It’s time to step it up and get some workouts in!

In other news, I finally took a little time this weekend to relax and get some work done around the house. The lawn desperately needs to be attended to, but I broke down and hired lawn care people to do a one-time cleaning while we’re on vacation. Friday I came home after work and read a while and fell asleep early. Saturday I went shopping for some vacation essentials (aka: a bathing suit) and then scrubbed my porch floor…I mean, down on my hands and knees scrubbing! I spent the rest of Saturday playing board games with friends. Sunday was my big cleaning day.  I mucked out the garage and threw a bunch of crap away. I threw a bunch of stuff away in my kitchen too. I sorted out my bills, did 6 loads of laundry, cleaned my coat closet (threw a bunch of stuff away then too), and other spring cleaning. It felt great to throw away a lot of stuff!

I also went through some of my clothing bins and pulled out some cute clothes in larger sizes to give away to a few friends of mine. It was surprisingly difficult to do that. Even though I’m wearing a size 2/4 these days, it is hard for me to part with my Size 12 and Size 14s. I was stuck in those sizes for so long that I worry I will return to those sizes again someday.  Now keep in mind that I have TEN tubs of clothing that is too big for me. I NEED to get rid of some of these clothes! It feels good to get rid of a few things, but I’m filled with anxiety over it, too.

Does anyone else have a hard time getting rid of their “big” clothes?

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New weight loss device: Abiliti

by Christine on April 8th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Gastric Banding Surgery

There’s a new weight loss device out there on the market.

It’s called Abiliti and it’s basically a kind of electro-shock therapy to make you stop eating. There are sensors attached to the outer wall of your stomach. After you eat something, the food detection senor signals the gastric stimulator. The stimulator then sends low energy electrical impulses to the stimulation electrode, making you feel full, and thereby making you eat less. The activity sensor, contained in the stimulator, tracks your exercise, activity, and sedentary periods. It’s kind of like the BodyBugg, except built-in, without the arm band and wires.

The surgery is much like the gastric band insofar as it is an easy laproscopic procedure with minimal surgical risk. I think it is too soon to tell what the long-term effects of the surgery are, including what its success rates are.

This device is not yet approved in the USA but is being used in Europe.

More information about the Abiliti device can be found here.

Here is an article about the device.

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