It was more like this:
Sure, I bought my fair share of useless stuff, but I bought way more than my fair share of crappy food. In any given week, 80% of my credit card balance was spent on beer, fast food and bar food (the other 20% was spent on DVDs and junk from Target).
Even after I graduated from college, I continued to spend like crazy, almost entirely on food. Dining out every night, plus groceries (because I need midnight snacks, right?). I remember going to the grocery store once and only buying beer and cookies. With a credit card. I had a relatively high paying job and no student loan debt, but I was
I was lonely, I hated my job and I was bored. I was out of control, both in spending and in eating. Spending and eating were so highly correlated for me that I ended up with $12k in credit card debt and weighing 314 pounds.
I haven't used credit cards in more than three years (with the exception of the plumbing emergency right after we moved in to the new house). Today, I made a $12,462.06 payment on my MasterCard. That was the balance of what I ate in my early 20s.
According to my math, I just paid $87.76 for every pound I gained over my target weight. As unbelievable as it sounds, I paid to be fat. With interest in the form of stretch marks, acne and GERD.
The MasterCard is paid off now. I'm done paying the debt I accrued in order to be fat. Now, if I have to accrue a little debt to get my band, to be healthy - I'm going to do it without hesitation.