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FDA Approves Bulimia Device as Treatment of Obesity

Bulimia device

The race to invent crazier and crazier weight loss methods doesn’t stop. But this one – just approved by the FDA – may be the craziest so far.

It’s a “bulimia device” called the AspireAssist, that allows you to lose weight like a bulimic without having to throw up. It accomplishes this by adding a new esophagus to your body – a new hole in your stomach, leading to a tube.

Like any person suffering from bulimia you’ll eat your food and then head for the bathroom. Some of the food you’ve eaten will then be poured into the toilet.

CBC News: FDA approves stomach-draining obesity treatment

In case you’re wondering, this is not a joke. Your doctor may now prescribe medicalized bulimia to “help” people lose weight.

Obviously recommending things like a low-carb diet or intermittent fasting would be way too extreme. Also, people not eating would be bad for the GNP. Way better to have people buy lots of food and then also buy the device to pour the food into the toilet.

It paints a beautiful future of unlimited profits for the food industry: soon people could be able to eat all the time.

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Coke Funded Study that Backs Diet Drink


A “LANDMARK” study that claimed diet drinks might be better than water in helping people to lose weight was funded by a food industry taskforce whose members include Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.

The review of thousands of research papers — headed by academics at Bristol University — made headlines when it was published in November and provided rare good publicity for the fizzy drinks industry.

Bristol University announced the research but did not disclose the funding in its press release. It said last week other organisations had supported the work and it had not provided details of funding for “reasons of space”. Keep Reading >


I love how Bristol University blames “reasons of space” for not disclosing the Coca Cola funding of their scientists.

This is another well-deserved dose of attention on how Coca-Cola buys experts and scientists. Here at Diet Doctor we found and covered this story two months ago. Get your news here first.

By the way, a recent study without funding from Coke found that quitting diet beverages resulted in weight loss, compared to a group that kept drinking them.

Who do you believe? Coca Cola’s own pet scientists, or scientists with some integrity?

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The Biggest Loser: “Everything That’s Wrong With Weight Loss in America”

Do you want to lose weight long-term this year? Then avoid watching the upcoming 17th season of The Biggest Loser, the less-popular-than-before show. Why? It’s “everything that’s wrong with weight loss in America, as Dr. Yoni Freedhoff says:

Guardian: ‘It’s a miracle no one has died yet’: The Biggest Loser returns, despite critics’ warnings

Studies show that The Biggest Loser not only breeds prejudice against people with obesity, fat shaming also lowers will power, increasing the risk of gaining weight.

By faking fast and huge weight loss (a Biggest Loser TV “week” may be three actual weeks) the TV show gives entirely false expectations. And starvation diets combined with 10 hours of intense exercise a day is impossible to do anyway, if you have a job. So even the contestants are set up to fail eventually.

A former season 2 contestant recently said that the reason NBC never does a reunion is “because we’re all fat again“.

Do you still want to lose weight? Here’s simpler, smarter and more sustainable advice: How to Lose Weight

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Refreshments at the International Diabetes Federation Congress


This is what was served one day as refreshments at the recent International Diabetes Federation Congress.

X-PERT Health on Twitter: Refreshments at the International Diabetes Federation Congress

Is it any wonder that we have a global epidemic of diabetes and obesity, when even the experts in charge are this clueless?

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Why You Do NOT Need Personalized Nutrition to Lose Weight

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Do you need a personalized nutrition plan to lose weight? Do you need your DNA, microbiome and blood sugar responses analyzed and a computer algorithm to tell you what to eat?

That’s what some people are believing, after a kind-of-interesting new study:

TIME: Why Losing Weight Is So Hard for Some People

However, while personalized diets may be of some use they are not necessary to maintain a perfect weight. We know that for certain. Why?

Before the modern food environment there was no obesity epidemic. People did not have computer-assisted personalized diets and still they had no obesity epidemic.

And look at any species of wild animal eating real food. They maintain their weight just fine without even knowing what DNA is.

There are definitely genetic differences between people. Some have an easier time gaining weight than others. Some have to watch what they eat more carefully. But there’s no strict need for personalized nutrition.

Just make sure to eat what the human species evolved to eat. This does not include any added sugar, finely ground flour or processed junk food. None. And it most certainly did not involve preparing meals every three hours.

No living thing in its normal environment has ever needed a computer algorithm to tell it what to eat.

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Diet Coke Helps Weight Loss More Than Water, Media Reports – Based on Coca-Cola Funded Report

Professor Peter Rogers

Professor Peter Rogers

WOW! Drinking Diet Coke is apparently, possibly, maybe BETTER than water for weight loss!

The report is based on this study, which contains no new research but summarizes the authors’ views on all earlier studies – clearly an exercise that introduces lots of subjectivity and bias.

That could be OK. Except the lead author quoted in all the media above, Professor Peter Rogers, has been funded by Sugar Nutrition UK for many years, to “research” satiety effects of sugar-containing drinks. And Sugar Nutrition UK is funded by UK sugar manufacturers. Hmmm.

And it goes on. This present study from Professor Peter Rogers and his colleagues was funded by ILSI Europe, a group funded by companies like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.

In plain talk that means Coca-Cola money in Professor Rogers’ pocket, for services rendered.

Professor Rogers’ co-authors include one person funded by the Dutch Sugar Bureau, one funded by a sweetener company (Canderel), two employees and shareholders in companies that manufacture products containing sugars and sweeteners, and finally one employee of ILSI Europe (funded by Coca-Cola etc.).

This is perhaps the most blatantly biased “science” I’ve seen. It’s like reading marketing material for the beverage industry. Unfortunately some media has fallen for it, and the “study” will surely be cited by a lot of people who want to sell you their diet drinks.

It’s yet another example of how Coca-Cola and other beverage companies pervert the science and confuse the public, harming people, to sell more of their products. But that can be expected. What’s unfortunate is that some scientists still sell out to them.

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Lunch at Obesity Society Conference

Great food for an obesity conference, no doubt.

Ali Zentner on Twitter: Lunch at Obesity Society conference

Perhaps not surprisingly, The Obesity Society is one of the shameless and clueless organizations on Coca-Cola’s payroll.


The Obesity Society joins a long line of organizations that really should know better. Like these classic lunches, from the biggest obesity and diabetes conferences in the world:


The Difference in Food Says it All

Better Advice to Lose Weight


Calorie Counts on Menus a Failure – Here’s Why


Calorie counts on menus aren’t working.

Seven years after calorie counts were mandated in fast-food restaurants in New York City, people do not eat fewer calories at all. If anything the trend has been for people to eat more calories on average. And every year people notice the calorie counts less – they seem to be fading into the background noise.

A new study shows it’s simply a failure:

Next year calorie labelling in fast-food restaurants will be mandatory in the entire US. Time will tell if they will be less useless outside of New York City, but all indications are that they will be a giant waste of time and space.

A hundred years ago almost nobody knew about calories and almost everyone was slim. Now everybody knows about calories and most of the US population is overweight. It’s not a problem of calorie counting. It’s a problem of food quality.

The problem is that the quality of our food determines how many calories we want to eat – and how many calories we spend. Worrying about calories first is putting the cart before the horse.

That’s why calorie counts aren’t working.

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Insane Dieting: The Bulimia Device

Do you want to keep eating the same food and live the same way and still lose weight? Now there’s a way!

A new medical device – AspireAssist – is implanted as a tube into your stomach. This means that after eating you can enter a bathroom and empty your stomach contents into the toilet (yes, really).

Mail Online: The ‘eat like a pig’ slimming device that will turn your stomach: Controversial product pumps users’ stomachs after food binges

Not surprisingly some people report weight loss and improved diabetes after implanting the device. And perhaps it could even be a good idea for someone. At least we’re not removing healthy bodily organs as in many other kinds of obesity surgery.

The Problem

The problem is that this procedure isn’t really necessary. There’s no need to surgically implant a new tube into the stomach. We were born with one! It’s called the esophagus and people have been using it to throw up unwanted food for a long time… by just putting two fingers into their throat. Yes, it’s the eating disorder bulimia.

While bulimia may help people lose weight it’s likely never something that medical professionals recommend for weight loss. Bulimia sounds so nasty, it needs a rebranding. And now it’s here: the AspireAssist device.

It’s the cleaner way to do bulimia.

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“I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss.”


Does chocolate help weight loss? And can you trust nutrition science news in the media? My answers would be “probably not” and “certainly not”.

Check out this story on how all kinds of media were easily fooled by a recent fake study, eagerly reporting that eating chocolate speeds up weight loss:

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How.

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