Surgically attach mesh to tongue so eating is painful

Remember how they used to wire jaws shut to “enforce” a liquid diet?

New “hotness” is to surgically attach a postage-stamp-sized piece of mesh to the tongue.   As the Chicago Tribune put it:

The tongue patch, which is supposedly taking Southern California by storm — 10 people have it — remains in your mouth for a month, a daily reminder that you shouldn’t eat.

During that time you can get all your nutrients through a liquid diet “full of vitamins and nutrients,” according to the press release.

The tongue-patch inventor is Dr. Nikolas Chugay, the medical director of the Chugay Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, where “genetics don’t have to stand in your way.”

He says that patients report losing 15 to 30 pounds in a single month.

But would you expect anything else when you’re on a liquid diet?

The weight, meanwhile, is sure to return the minute you start eating solid food again.

But of course being fat is so unhealthy.

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21 thoughts on “Surgically attach mesh to tongue so eating is painful

  1. You know, one of the things that makes me so bloody furious about all this is the way people who use such approaches utterly fail to appreciate the health they do have.

    I am chronically ill. There are myriad types of hurts, injuries, and pains that I live with every day. Last week I had a “big, deep ulcer” (doctor’s words) on the roof of my mouth. It hurt like blinding hell, and yes, it impeded my ability to eat. So it makes me rageful beyond words when people cavalierly & intentionally cause themselves injuries and pains that mirror injuries and pains that I happen to live with every day and have no choice about.

    There’s a deep point about privilige buried in there somewhere, I think.

  2. I’ve actually never been able to believe that it’s legal to wire people’s jaw shut for weight loss purposes; talk about barbaric. This is similarly so. What a recipe for malnutrition. I mean, WLS has many, many horrible side effects and compliactions but at least you can eat solid food.

    • THIS. Some people are just getting OUT OF POCKET with the desperation to lose weight. I won’t even get into obesityhelp.com……

  3. Eeeewwwwww…..

    Being miserable > fat.

    I’d rather be happy, thankyou.

    I really don’t get this thought process. “Hey, I sure do wish I was skinny. Maybe I will ATTATCH METAL TO MY FLESHY FLESHY BODY to MUTILATE myself so I have no choice! Yeaaaaah!”

  4. It’s pretty disingenous that you didn’t include the rest of the article. It goes on to talk about how ridiculous and “barbaric” the idea is and says,

    ” The weight, meanwhile, is sure to return the minute you start eating solid food again.

    “I’d say the Chugay tongue patch is a daily reminder of how just because your physician has an MD behind their name it doesn’t mean they’re bright,” said obesity doctor Yoni Freedhoff, author of the Weighty Matters blog.

    “That a physician believes that ‘doing no harm’ involves promoting physical discomfort as the key to helping inspire long-term behavioral change in patients is truly depressing, both for his patients and for the profession.” ”

    I understand your point, but to make it seem like anyone but the lunatic doctor who came up with this idea and his followers thinks this is a good idea is a gross misrepresentation.

  5. Hmm. I highly doubt a postage stamp-sized patch on my tongue would keep me from eating. I’ve eaten without using parts of my tongue before, it’s not THAT hard…

  6. Carla,

    I understand your point, but to make it seem like anyone but the lunatic doctor who came up with this idea and his followers thinks this is a good idea is a gross misrepresentation.

    I don’t think so, but don’t take my word for it, just think of how few types of weight loss diets/ methods have not been brought to us by members of the medical professions?

    • I understand that, but if you read the article, it’s pretty clear that, outside of the doctor who invented this and the handful of people trying it, everyone else thinks it’s barbaric and a terrible idea. The article didn’t even try to be unbiased…it made it very clear just how stupid of an idea it is.

      • If you understand that, then you’ll understand that this ‘outrage’ is as bogus as it is hypocritical. Virtually all weight loss schemes are cruel-check out gastric bypass surgery, which is far crueller than this. I doubt very much if the obesity wonk quoted would disapprove of that.

        The starting point- that all we need do is attack hunger/ reduce calories, is cruel and the refusal to accept it hasn’t and isn’t going to work, can only begat cruelty.

        In the article, it’s implied that this scheme will fail due to the liquid diet that accompanies it. It will fail because calorie counting virtually always fails regardless of the form it takes.

        This kind of thing helps to keep up the pretence that there is good dieting and bad dieting which is wishful thinking.

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  8. Hmm. I can imagine myself getting one of those and then mangling it beneath my teeth. Or essentially ripping it out. I’m an obsessive worry-chewer, so… hello, dental.

    “I’d say the Chugay tongue patch is a daily reminder of how just because your physician has an MD behind their name it doesn’t mean they’re bright,” said obesity doctor Yoni Freedhoff, author of the Weighty Matters blog.”

    I liked that quote!

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