A New Level of Insanity: Weight Loss Stomach Pump

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    Jan 07, 2013 4:12 PM GMT
    There are so many things wrong with this idea.



    Eat, drink and pump it out: new weight loss gadget sucks food straight out of the stomach

    Who would have thought that the future of weight loss might lie in the hands of the inventor of the Segway? Dean Kamen, creator of the two-wheeled wonder, along with a team from Aspire Bariatrics, of Philadelphia, has applied for a patent for a pump that can suck food and drink straight out of the stomach.

    Users are able to stuff their face before draining their stomach by connecting the pump to a valve surgically installed in their abdominal wall. The makers hope to use it to treat the morbidly obese, and to provide an alternative to a gastric bypass.

    Initial setbacks – and here's the really yucky part – have occurred because the pump struggles to break up large foods. One patient reported "clogging" and had to avoid eating cauliflower, broccoli, Chinese food, stir fry, snow peas, pretzels, chips and steak. No chips? It will never catch on.


    Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/eat-drink-and-pump-it-out-new-weight-loss-gadget-sucks-food-straight-out-of-the-stomach-8440201.html
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 07, 2013 9:09 PM GMT
    Why don't people just go for a walk or jog or something. This sounds horrible.
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    Jan 07, 2013 9:43 PM GMT
    No mess no fuss. You can have your cake, and...well, no poop. How convenient.

    To me, this seems wrong on so many levels, but, if it saves lives. I think, though, as a treatment method, it should be reserved for a very few.

    How much lazier can a person get?
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    Jan 07, 2013 9:51 PM GMT
    Is this significantly different from bulimia? I suppose the gastric juices don't rot one's teeth.

    If someone is morbidly obese, wouldn't eating less (via gastric bypass) be far more useful in changing habits than allowing someone to shovel in food and then effectively poop it out through a tube?
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    Jan 07, 2013 9:57 PM GMT
    O M G .

    On one side of the world, you have people dying due to lack of food.
    On the other, you have people surgically pumping food out of their stomachs.
    WTF is wrong with us?! Where's the disconnect??
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    Jan 07, 2013 10:29 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidTo me, this seems wrong on so many levels, but, if it saves lives. I think, though, as a treatment method, it should be reserved for a very few.


    As I read the article, I did think about this as a means of last resort for some who are so out of control that they are not able to walk. Still, the reality is that there are people out there whose lives are governed by excuses and imagined or self-inflicted handicaps that they’ll see this procedure as a means to justify their behavior without addressing the problem. To me, this is an example of how out of touch we are with personal responsibility.

    Take for example the motorized mobility carts in our local grocers. I recall seeing them for the first time and thinking what a wonderful idea to help the elderly, or other disabled folks to get around. I know a good many people who get around with canes, walkers and wheelchairs due to congenital malformations, back traumas, or illnesses. These carts were a brilliant idea.

    Fast forward and now the store aisles are like bumper-car arenas and the operators are more often the mega-obese. And it’s hard not to notice that the front basket or the grocery cart in tow is filled with chips, cookies, bacon, microwave pizzas, and every other imaginable sugary, fatty, processed food nary a vegetable in sight.

    And I’m the first to remind myself that I was obese a few years ago. One morning, it hit me—I was fat! No thought was given to a surgery, no looking for a miracle pill, or trying some hyped limited-ingredient diet. I knew that I was eating too much and moving too little.

    Obesity has to be tackled differently. We can’t be fitting people with grinder pumps.
  • Medjai

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    Jan 07, 2013 10:46 PM GMT
    I read about this on here the other day. It's pretty much formalized, medically sanctioned bulimia.
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    Jan 08, 2013 9:43 PM GMT
    TerraFirma saidO M G .

    On one side of the world, you have people dying due to lack of food.
    On the other, you have people surgically pumping food out of their stomachs.
    WTF is wrong with us?! Where's the disconnect??


    +1

    Ever watch "Food Inc?"
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    Jan 08, 2013 9:49 PM GMT
    The irony is I think this is the guy behind that other American symbol of laziness: the Segway.

    http://m.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/08/dean_kamen_stomach_pump/
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    Jan 08, 2013 10:16 PM GMT
    TheAlchemixt saidWhy don't people just go for a walk or jog or something. This sounds horrible.

    Because they want to eat and drink whatever they want, whenever they want AND want a quick and easy way to stay 'fit' with little or no effort.
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    Jan 09, 2013 1:21 AM GMT
    well whatever. im going to get one.......... it will tuck just to the side of my six pack, and hopefully wont be noticeable beneath my tight fitting gym cloths!!

    the new six pack helper!!!! haicon_lol.gif
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    Jan 09, 2013 5:22 AM GMT
    RobertF64 saidThe irony is I think this is the guy behind that other American symbol of laziness: the Segway.

    http://m.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/08/dean_kamen_stomach_pump/


    This is the optional attachment so users will not have to bother chewing.

  • kevmoran

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    Jan 09, 2013 5:25 AM GMT
    I can show them how to do it for free with a few fingers...

    It's called the Kate Moss.
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    Jan 09, 2013 5:25 AM GMT
    Next idea.

    Take a knife and just chop the fat off.

    Makes as much sense as this thing.
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    Jan 09, 2013 6:59 AM GMT
    Yes! I'm well over 1500 cals for the day. I'll take two!
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    Feb 24, 2013 4:02 AM GMT
    TerraFirma saidO M G .

    On one side of the world, you have people dying due to lack of food.
    On the other, you have people surgically pumping food out of their stomachs.
    WTF is wrong with us?! Where's the disconnect??


    I am SO with you on this. I mean, I know I sweat having a stubborn lower belly bump. It irks me to no end, but let's just figure this out now. Most of the eating disorders are not about the food, but what ELSE is missing in our lives. Even if you let someone have a food pump, their problems are not going away with the bile you suck out of their bloated bellies. This is gross on so many levels.
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    Feb 24, 2013 4:18 AM GMT
    RobertF64 saidThe irony is I think this is the guy behind that other American symbol of laziness: the Segway.

    http://m.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/08/dean_kamen_stomach_pump/


    That was his plan all along!