A new weight loss device offers a novel approach to cutting calories: draining them from the stomach before they are fully digested, chewing food completely and partaking in lifestyle therapy counseling. The AspireAssist® system consists of a thin tube implanted in the stomach, connecting to an outside port on the skin of the belly. About 20 minutes after finishing a meal, users connect the port to an external device, which drains some of the recently-consumed food into the toilet. The manufacturer, Aspire Bariatrics, says its system removes about 30 percent of food stored in the stomach before it begins causing weight gain. The Food and Drug Administration approved the device last week for adults who are obese, with a body mass index of 35 to 55, and have not been able to lose weight with other methods. Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that rates of obesity among women had reached 40 percent for the first time. That compares to a 35 percent obesity rate for men. The FDA said it approved the new device based on studies showing patients lost an average of 12.1 percent of their total body weight one year after the procedure. That compared to 3.6 percent weight loss for patients who didn’t receive the device The device was found to effective and safe. The AspireAssist works by reducing the calories absorbed by the body, while helping users make gradual and lasting healthy changes to lifestyle. Watch the video at AspireBariatrics to see how it works.