I am a person who survived an eating disorder. My view on most of these scams is completely unconventional. Yes, I will surprise you.
Guess what? Thers is a LOT of truth in what might look like a weight loss scam! Why? Because the AMA, that is, the American Medical Association is not the Golden Pilar of Pristine Perfection! If the AMA is a crooked and corrupt organization, as we are finding out, and we can’t really trust the FDA either, what does that tell us about the information we get from our doctors? This is why I believe we should do our own research and listen to common sense. A few of the “scams” actually make sense, so……
This, however, is in MY OPINION a scam, a total waste of money:
Here’s why: While it’ll work, the scam is not that it won’t work. It’s the explanation. Yes, wrapping probably did temporarily make this woman’s thigh appear thinner. What happened is simple to explain.
Water weight was squeezed out of her thigh and into other parts of her body. It probably sat there for half a day and then, gradually returned to her thigh. I don’t believe this procedure causes any loss of fat, nor any permanent weight loss. I doubt there’s any magic to the clay except the price!
Compression does have a use in the health arena for elders, pregnant women, and athletes who experience discomfort from swelling. Swelling can happen for many reasons. Some are serious, some are not.
What about self-esteem? Is such a thing useful to help someone suffering from poor self-image? Yes and no. I think doing such a thing might relieve a person temporarily, should they truly hate how they look, but can also serve to reinforce one’s attachment of “thin” to “I feel good.”
In other words, something long ago linked, that says “I gained weight, therefore, I feel bad,” or even, “I gained weight, therefore, I am bad,” and I wonder why that linking is so pervasive in people. While wrapping oneself might relieve “I am fat” etc for a day, if you’re really suffering from all that, I am wondering if for many, doing so will only perpetuate or even strengthen these notions.
Either way, when it comes to shelling out bucks, don’t be dumb, common sense, folks.
*If swelling is extreme, by all means find out the cause. It can indicate something serious is going on, especially if it’s on one side and not the other.