20. Heroic Methods For Compulsive Eaters
In view of the pitfalls encountered by compulsive eaters who manage to overeat and gain weight even on such a superior food program, heroic methods must be devised to help them. It is hoped that the suggestions outlined in this lesson will prove successful.
This lesson contains an excellent article by Dr. Bass, giving specific ideas for developing willpower, mind control, and new habits.
20.1 Surgery for Obesity
Overeaters can be saved from suffering and disease. The misguided individuals who resort to cutting the vagus nerve, intestinal bypass surgery, or gastric stapling because they believe the Hygienic system and self-discipline are too difficult, will have a rude awakening. Their "easy way out" will prove to be their complete undoing.
In addition to the obvious insult to the organism by the surgery (and these are major abdominal surgical procedures), the side effects and problems that usually follow are even worse. And to add further "insult to injury"—these procedures are often no more "successful" than other "panaceas" for weight control.
"Many experts now feel that operations for obesity (such as intestinal bypass surgery) are not worth doing, because of the side effects and problems that usually ensue. A recent review by the Ottawa (Canada) School of Medicine suggests that the failure rate for gastric stapling may approach 50%. Furthermore, early results can sometimes be misleading. While there may be a sudden and dramatic initial weight loss, many patients find ways of regaining the lost weight, even though the stomach capacity has been reduced. In short, gastric stapling is still regarded by many as 'experimental'—at least until we obtain more long-term follow-up data on its effectiveness and possible side effects." (G. Timothy Johnson, M.D., "House Call," Suncoast News, 1/6/82.)
20.2 Overeaters Anonymous
So we are back to controlling the body by learning control of the mind. The easy ways out are dangerous myths. Those who are determined to succeed will succeed. They must succeed. The alternatives are too grim to contemplate.
"Overeaters Anonymous" has helped many people. Those who can't make it on their own should enlist their help. Be sure to read the inspirational article in this lesson entitled "Help—I Can't Stop Eating." The author is now a "truly high-quality vegetarian"—a vegan—and says in part: "Because we have come to believe that most of the fat is between our ears, the (Overeaters Anonymous) program works to help change our thinking, so that we no longer want to overeat. That's the beauty of it; it's the miracle every compulsive eater has long dreamed of, to eat all he/she wants and maintain a normal weight. It is only possible when all you truly desire is a normal amount of food."
The article tells how to reach a group nearby, or, for those in isolated areas, the same things can be accomplished by "loner kits" and mail sponsors.
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