A 'Pacemaker' To Fight Obesity
How about a
device that sends an electrical impulse to your stomach, making you feel
like you've had enough to eat?
Believe it or not, researchers have presented
just that kind of "pacemaker" for obese people at the annual
scientific meeting of the American Association for the Study of
Obesity in Florida.
According to the
Associated Press, the implantable
gastric stimulator-similar to a cardiac pacemaker- "fools the
body into feeling full and could be an effective alternative to
radical digestive surgery for helping obese people shed large
amounts of weight.
The stimulator has already been tested
successfully on 450 obese people who lost an average of 18
percent of their excess weight. Researchers, hope that studies
involving more people will show that the stimulator is a much
safer alternative to radical stomach surgery that obese people