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Friday, August 10, 2007

12-year-old gets Lap-Band in Mexico

I need a moment to gain my composure on this one...but until then, watch the clip and leave your opinion:

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2007/08/07/ochoa.tx.lap.band.kvue

2 comments:

Holly said...

The thing that stuck in my mind when I saw that-
1. Psychologically what is going on with the girl?
2. Wow- all the money it takes to have sleep apnea tests and psychological counseling???????...as opposed to the cost of a tummy tuck and liposuction?
3. Is a 12 year old mature enough to understand what is going on? How about diet and exercise?
sigh... yes- disturbing. Looks like an issue of parent vanity.

Anonymous said...

Obviously, there's an underlying issue of self acceptance here. This 12 year old LOOKS like an 18 year old. What's up with the heavy make up? Vanity is a driving force here...

Skipping the psychological counceling is a HUGE mistake in this sad situation. This young lady needed help with understanding her addiction BEFORE she had physical restriction taken. "They operate on our tummy, not our brain" is said so often in my support group...and will be an especially difficult reality for this child and her mother when they realize, ultimately, she can and will "eat around" her restriction. Because the eating disorder has not been addressed.

3. Is she old enough to have really given the exercise and correct eating route a true trial? "I will do anything to fix this"...well, obviously not. She went for the quick fix - understandable for the 12 year old mentality, but not understandable for the mother to have made that choice.

Don't get me wrong; I wish this young lady all the luck in the world, but I fear she is in for a tough reality check in the upcoming months.