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1-800-Get-Thin claims fifth victim

via Jezabel: Fifth Person Dies After Lap-Band Surgery At Shady Clinics

The LA Times is reporting on yet another lap band death: Another patient dies after Lap-Band surgery, subtitled Paula Rojeski, 55, of Orange County died shortly after undergoing Lap-Band surgery at a clinic affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign, according to records. The coroner has not determined the cause of death.

An Orange County woman has died after weight-loss surgery at a West Hills outpatient clinic, the fifth person to die shortly after Lap-Band procedures at clinics affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign since 2009, according to lawsuits, coroner's records and interviews.

According to the LA Times article, Paula weighed less than 200 pounds. That would probably put her into the 30-35 BMI category, a weight category that was only recently approved for lapband use by the FDA.

According to population-level data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2005, people in the 30-35 BMI range, which is defined as "type I obese," have roughly the same life expectancy as people in the 20-25 BMI range, which is defined as "normal weight." (People in the 25-30 range - defined as "overweight" - live longest, on average)

WLS is a baby killer | BEDA is on board with HAES

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vesta44
September 26th, 2011 | Link | A friend of a friend posted

A friend of a friend posted this on facebook with the comment: "WHY? I just don't get it. Why would anyone mutilate their digestive system and risk their life to be thinner than they naturally are? This is just freakin' insane!"
Why? Well, it's obviously not because of the thousands of messages women get every day telling us that we're not good enough if we don't meet a certain "standard" - if we aren't thin enough, pretty enough, don't have the "right" color of hair, the right type of hair, the right color of eyes, the right shape to our lips/eyes/noses/cheeks/hips/thighs/boobs/waist/arms/entire fucking body, etc, etc. And it's certainly not because no matter what you do, it's never enough - the goal is always being moved, another ideal is always given that has to be met in order to "measure up" and be found worthy. No, none of that is why women are willing to risk death in order to be thin, not at all (/sarcasm).

WLS - Sorry, not my preferred way of dying. *glares at doctor recommending it*

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