A gastric pacemaker that cuts obesity
A stomach implant that can trick the brain into thinking that the stomach is full is the latest hi-tech weapon for obese people in their battle against the bulge.
Experts behind the `gastric pacemaker` claimed it could train obese people to eat normal-sized meals without the need for surgery that drastically changes the size of their stomac, the Daily Mail reported.
The credit card-sized implant detects when food has been eaten and sends signals to the brain to create the impression of fullness, regardless of the portion`s size.
It is hoped that the device, which is implanted via keyhole surgery, will provide a popular alternative to radical procedures such as a gastric bypass, in which the stomach is made smaller.
Initially, operations will be carried out on the obese – people with a body mass index of 30 or above.