AspireAssist is a newly FDA approved obesity treatment device that uses a surgically-placed tube to drain a portion of the stomach contents after every meal.
The AspireAssist device should not be used on patients with eating disorders, and it is not intended to be used for short durations in those who are moderately overweight. It is intended to assist in weight loss in patients aged 22 and older who are obese, with a body mass index of 35 to 55, and who have failed to achieve and maintain weight loss through non-surgical weight-loss therapy.
Here are my thoughts on this:
For many people, food is a legal and culturally sanctioned form of substance abuse. It’s about time the medical establishment acknowledged this fact.
AspireAssist is simply an enabler for people who have food addiction and emotional issues with food. In my opinion, these people would be better served by learning self-regulation, self-soothing, and impulse control. They also need to learn to work on the reasons why they’re using food as a crutch to deal with life while learning better coping tools.
Some of these people will fool their doctors and hide their bingeing, eating disorders, and food addiction and they will use this as an opportunity to indulge their eating issues. The creators say that a person won’t be able to do that because they have to thoroughly chew their food because large particles of food clog the tube. They say that in theory, people will actually eat less.
I personally know how much damage can be done without having to do much chewing. As a former binge eater, my favorite binge foods were soft foods such as ice cream, cheesecake, and chocolate.
I’m not the only one appalled by this. Many doctors and people in the field see this as a form of “assisted bulimia” and are now suing the FDA for approving this device.
In my opinion, trying to treat obesity with eating disordered type behavior is hitting an all time low. It also lets people off the hook for being responsible for their actions and choices.
Well, now that I’ve let you know how I feel, what do you think?
Are you ready to start pumping the contents of your guts out after every meal?
Let me know what you think in the comments!
Read the full FDA press release on AspireAssist here.
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