Here's some intelligence on the future of weight-loss:
- First, according to CNN, scientists are closer to creating a magic little pill that'll simply melt away the pounds. The bad news is, scientists believe the fat-melting pills won't actually help you lose weight. They'll just make you healthier and more curvaceous. How's that? The pills would shift the fat out of your belly, where it causes problems, like heart attacks and strokes. And drop it in less dangerous places, like your thighs and rear end.
- Also, the number of extremely overweight people under the age of 18 who are getting gastric bypass surgery is rising - Up 2,400% in the past 5 years, according to Newsweek. But doctors recommend that parents try to help their kids lose weight first, by replacing fast food with home-cooked meals, and encouraging 30 minutes of exercise a day. That's because gastric bypass is serious surgery. 1 in 10 patients has major complications, like blood clots, or food leaking out of their intestines. And 1 in 200 die. And after the surgery, you're limited to eating only one cup of food at every meal - For life.
- And the final bit of intelligence for the future of weight-loss is the pacemaker for the tummy. It's an electronic device that's implanted in the wall of your stomach, and fools you into feeling full. Scientists aren't sure whether it impacts nerves, changes digestive hormones, or stimulates the stomach muscles, but it really kills your appetite. They tested it on hundreds of people who weighed an average of 242 pounds. There were no reports death or serious complications, and 2/3rds of the patients lost 50 pounds in the first year. The tummy pacemaker is available in Europe, but it'll be a few more years before the FDA approves it for use in the U.S. We'll keep you posted.