The sad reality of today’s world is there is too much of an importance on being pleasing to the eye. In a typical day you are likely to hear or see the word diet in some form of media usually accompanied by a picture of a fit man or woman. This has become the american dream. Businesses want people to feel inadequate, to feel as though their dreams can’t be achieved without looking thin and flawless. The illusion that dieting is the answer to all of life’s problems seems to be stuck in the mind of the average person--Not in my mind.. The problem with this thought is that the life or death pursuit of a diet that will fix every flaw is just unrealistic and opens up the average person to sneaky people looking to sell their magic “pill” or magic “diet.” Dieters assume various disguises, but the noteworthy ones are the "band-wagoner," the "promiser" and the "lethal loser." Everyone wants to lose weight quickly and effortlessly; therefore, any fad diet promising overnight results becomes the new "call" of the "band-wagoner," who try the grapefruit diet or the watermelon diet, but after a week and little weight loss they decide it doesn’t work and eagerly begin their search for the next craze. The next day the television advertises a new wonder pill that allows the user to lose up to ten pounds in one week, and the band-wagoner act as though they have just found the dieting Holy Grail. Although the magic pill does not produce the desired weight loss, they never give up hope for a new "wagon" to hitch onto. They will probably cross over the safety line into a danger zone of unknown procedures, performed by unqualified physicians looking to latch onto any unknowing dreamer. Obesity has a large psychological effect on an individual and some people are driven to expensive surgeries such as gastric bypass, lap band surgery, and stomach stapling. Most of these surgeries should not be performed on the natural human body. The "band-wagoner" is a...
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