The basic story is this: Stomach cancer runs in the Bradfield family. Upon learning that they possessed the defective gene that would likely lead to cancer and eventually kill them, eleven cousins decide to undergo surgery to completely remove their stomachs. Stomach removal means that now they have to digest all their food in their small intestine, and so they can only eat small meals, and they have to eat fairly often. Interesting enough, right?
But apparently we can’t have a standard, interesting health article without fat-shaming and beauty-myth-reinstating:
The upside is that Sindt dropped from a size 12 to a 2, since the surgery.
Well, yeah, because living without a stomach is like this:
Initially, she could only eat 800 calories a day and was on a strict bland diet. She gradually added vegetables such as cabbage and lettuce, but still avoids white bread, which she finds tough to digest.
But at least she’s skinny!
What’s going on when we think that it’s a positive thing when someone, because of a medical condition, literally starves themselves down to a size 2?
Thanks to KnifeGhost for the article.
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