News Monday May 28, 2012

Space technology helps obese people lose weight

Space age technology built by NASA has helped morbidly obese people to exercise and lose weight.

The equipment is called ‘Alter G’ and simulates the feeling of being on the moon, by allowing users to feel weightlessness and low gravity. Alter G was originally developed by NASA but is also being used by the OrthoPTic Rehab Clinic of Metairie, to help severely obese patients walk again.

One patient at the clinic had not been able to walk for ten years. She had undergone gastric bypass surgery, following which post-surgery complications gave here severe joint pain, reducing her mobility. Upon using the Alter G, the woman was able to walk one and a quarter miles. She told WWLTV News it was “amazing,” seeing the change in “the way I feel and the inches that are being lost.”

Robbie Porche of the clinic said: “This way they are absolutely 100% pain free.” Experts at the clinic emphasis that, while eating healthily is important, exercise is equally so. Dr Kim Edward LeBlanc at the clinic said: “If you just diet, your metabolism slows. So as it slows, it's going to make you want to store body fat. But if you continue to exercise you will actually have to burn calories."

The Alter G technology was used to help severely obese people. An individual is classified as severely obese when they have a body mass index (BMI) level above 40. Anyone with a BMI above 30 is said to be obese. Obese people are more likely to suffer from certain serious illnesses, including heart disease, type two diabetes and some types of cancer.

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