Remember how in Homeland where Carrie had to undergo some electroshock therapy at the end? We've all heard of the extreme measures, and this is one of them. But what about weight loss? Would you undergo electroshock therapy if it meant it would help you stop binge eating?
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have authored a study that proposes implanting an electrode in the nucleus accumbens, which is the region of the brain known to be disregulated in rodents and humans who binge eat.
It is connected by wires to an external neurostimulator, similar to a pacemaker, and when switched on, triggers the electrode to deliver a continuous electrical pulse to the brain. The researchers implanted the electrode in the brains of a group of lab mice and found when the device was off, the mice would eat what would be qualified as binge behavior.
But when the electrode was switched on, it administered deep brain stimulation, the same mice consumed an average of 60% less of their standard high fat diet.
"By regulating various nerve cell receptors with medications they discovered that the stimulation probably worked by affecting the type 2 dopamine receptor," the Daily Mail reports.
Would you do this to yourself? How dangerous would it actually? Admittedly, it's a sound proof way to lose weight, in the extreme manner, but as to whether or not sane people would this to themselves, is another thing. There are other ways to keep fit and eat less.