New Diet Device: Eat, Then Suck Food From Stomach
Weight-loss pump intended for the morbidly obese
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2013 9:25 AM CST

(Newser) – You'll need an, uhh, strong stomach to make it through this story: The latest in dieting is a device dreamed up by Segway inventor Dean Kamen that's designed to suck food right out of your stomach 20 minutes after you've feasted on it. Kamen and a team from Philadelphia's Aspire Bariatrics have applied for a patent for the device, which is intended for the morbidly obese, the New Scientist reports.

It requires a valve be surgically installed on the abdominal wall, in a process that's apparently less invasive than many gastric bypass options. And early clinical trials observed an average 44-pound weight loss. But there's one big potential problem: The pump has a hard time breaking up large foods and can clog; one trial participant reported giving up Chinese food, pretzels, chips, and steak as a result.

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Jan 20, 2013 5:52 PM CST
eewww awful.
Jan 8, 2013 12:04 AM CST
There's a better way. It's called vomiting.
Jan 7, 2013 11:17 PM CST
A lot of voluntary procedures are risky but this one... You really have to be insane to sign up for this. If that valve ever broke and you started leaking food and digestive fluid into the rest of your body you'd be a goner in no time.