All the way from the home of the obese and the land of the merely fat comes a scientific aid to prevent over-eating.
A team from the University of Pennsylvania is working on deep brain simulation, mild electric shocks which curb the compulsion to consume calories. It's quite simple. An electrode is implanted into the nucleus accumbens, an area of the brain associated with binge-eating. The impulses from the electrode send a message to the brain along the lines of: "A big cream cake? Not for me, thanks."
Before you rush to the doctors and ask for an electrode stuck in your nucleus accumbens, it should be pointed out the tests have only been tried on obesity-prone mice. Many of whom have gone all slender and haven't had a notion for a big cream cake in yonks.
Getting a silicon chip inside your head that's switched to overload on the fat front may be only the beginning.
I'm thinking of electrodes in the soles of your feet which speak your weight. They are activated in, for instance, a fast food outlet when an attempt to order a double cheeseburger with fries and a McFlurry is greeted by your feet announcing to all and sundry: "Your current weight is 19 and three-quarter stones. This snack will put you over the 20-stone mark."
Or electronic trousers which calculate and declare your waist-to-hip ratio to everyone else in the chip shop just when you are about to order a double sausage supper with a litre of Irn-Bru chaser.
The role of alcohol, in causing obesity, needs to be addressed and there will be a clever implant in the tongue which will detect the first sip and send a warning to the brain that there are about 250 calories in a pint of lager.
Household items may also be fitted with gizmos that can help when the flesh is weak. A fridge where not only does the light come on but there is a hologram of how you will look naked if you go on eating all the lemon meringue pies.
A TV remote control which doesn't switch the channel but flashes up a notice on the screen saying: "Get off your fat bahookey and change the programme yourself." And the sofa with an ejection facility for those who have not stirred all night.
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