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A recent study presented at the Obesity Week 2014, in Boston, reveals that Bariatric surgery can change taste buds and can even create tasteless appealing.

Hundreds of researchers, policy makers and doctors were gathered during the Obesity Week. The other important topic of conversation during the conference was how to address our society’s food-rich environment that can help in controlling obesity.

Dr. John Morton, the chief of Bariatric and minimally invasive surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine and president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery was interviewed by Sacha Pfeiffer from Here & Now’s. Pfeiffer asked Dr. Morton about some of the latest techniques and approaches for treating obesity.

“The study was a quite interesting experience for the entire team. Researchers tested the taste sensitivity among people. With the help of a test strip that was impregnated with five taste components, i.e. salt, sweet, bitter, umami and sour, researchers gave different gradations, or strength, of intensity,” Dr. Mortan said.

During the study, researchers found that taste sensitivity was quite less in obese patients as compared to controlled ones. They could not distinguish between the taste as well as a normal-weight person. These all are the before surgery findings.

However, when patients underwent the surgery, they revealed that they are less inclined towards salty food. Researchers also noted some changes in taste sensitivity of the patients after surgery.

This new treatment is the intergastric balloon, which will entirely be a game changer for many people, Dr. Morton said.

The researchers also discovered that lots of people in the country are not opting for this surgery. About 18 million people in the US qualified for weight loss surgery, but only 180,000 out of them are getting the needed therapy.

In this surgery, an endoscope is passed into the stomach and the balloon is inflated, and left in place for six months. In these six months duration, patients will be taught about right habits for long-term success.



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