Supersize Me – New Weight Loss Device makes Calories Disapear
Well, if you just can’t help but wolf down that last piece of cherry cheesecake and diets and exercise aren’t your thing… Segway inventor Dean Kamen and a group of doctors have invented a device that will allow you to eat the whole cherry cheesecake and not gain a pound.
Called the AspireAssist device, it works by sucking the food right out of the stomach so that only about a third of the calories are absorbed by the body.
Here’s how it works: Basically, it’s a feeding tube in reverse. Instead of pumping life-sustaining nutrients into the stomachs of people unable to eat, the AspireAssist Aspiration Therapy System pumps food out of people who have no problem eating. Patients have a tube inserted into their stomachs then threaded out through an incision in the abdomen and capped with a poker chip–sized “Skin Port” valve. (For more detail, if you so dare, watch the video below.) Twenty minutes after eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the patient attaches a handheld device to the Skin Port and empties 30 percent of the contents of his or her stomach into the toilet.
Twenty minutes is enough time for your brain to be convinced that you are full, but not enough time for your stomach to digest the food, the inventors say, and that means 30 percent of the calories from your meal magically disappear. Philadelphia-based Aspire Bariatrics is still trying to get FDA approval to sell the AspireAssist in the U.S., but it has been available in parts of Europe since late 2011.
Why not just vomit like bulimics do? That would cost less and wouldn’t require a major surgery to attach a pump to your stomach.
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