Yourwellness Magazine Considers Microchip for Controlling Obesity

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With the Scottish Government calling for supermarkets and hospitals to accept responsibility for the obesity problem, Yourwellness Magazine explored the potential of an appetite-controlling microchip.

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The Scottish government has called for supermarkets and hospitals to "recognise" the part they plays in the obesity problem, the BBC announced in its article “Call for obesity action from hospitals and supermarkets” on August 15th. Public health minister Michael Matheson also noted that the industry needs to play a part in creating a solution, commenting, "If they think they're doing enough at the present moment, then the message from government is, I'm sorry, it's not adequate, and that's why we're taking forward a range of measures that we want to see them taking action on, and if they don't, then we're prepared to legislate where necessary." (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-23566261)

Yourwellness Magazine followed up the launch of this website by investigating how a microchip may one day be the solution to the obesity crisis. According to Yourwellness Magazine, a microchip small enough to attach to a nerve may be the key to quelling the need to over-eat. Yourwellness Magazine noted the views of Chris Toumazou, professor at Imperial College London and one of the inventors of the chip, which were detailed on the 28th of March in the BBC article “Electronic implant designed to reduce obesity to undergo trials”. The professor commented, “This is a really small microchip and on this chip we’ve got the intelligence which can actually model the neural signals responsible for appetite control.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21852062)

Yourwellness Magazine explained that the microchip would be attached to the vagus nerve in obese individuals, as this is the nerve that controls the desire to eat, digestion, heart rate and more. Yourwellness Magazine commented that the project was originally designed for children suffering from disorders such as cerebral palsy and epileptic seizures, using a piece of technology called MIMATE, which reads chemical signatures in the brain. The microchip was then developed into something that could be beneficial for weight loss, being changed to submit readings and signals to suppress the urge to eat, rather than sending stimulating impulses. Yourwellness Magazine added that the microchip is still in development. (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/05/obesity-can-a-microchip-be-the-answer/#sthash.fX4pKrKz.dpuf)

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