There is a hypothesis being tested to see if eating fecal matter from a thin person will help an obese person shed weight. No, I am not making this up.
The study is being conducted at the prestigious Mass General Hospital. For six weeks, some of the twenty patients in the study will eat a tiny amount of poop taken from a thin person and then encapsulated. The other patients will take a placebo. The patients will then be followed for twelve months. If the hypothesis is correct, the patients eating the poop capsules will lose more weight than the patients taking the placebo.
The stool samples are analyzed to make certain that they contain the right type of bacteria. The fecal matter is provided by a company called OpenBiome. This company has been providing fecal matter, either in pill form or in its natural form, to physicians for use in fecal transplants in patients suffering from the potentially fatal gastrointestinal infection from Clostridium difficile. This infection is known as pseudomembranous colitis. The transplant occurs either by ingesting the pill or having the fecal matter transplanted via colonoscopy. So there has already been medical precedent for using poop.
There is some evidence that eating poop from a thin person will help the overweight person lose weight. This is shown by a study conducted in 2013 which transplanted human feces into mice. The mice given the sample from the overweight subject gained weight while the mice given the sample from the normal weight person maintained a healthy weight. There is also another study where feces from fat mice are transplanted to thin mice. The thin mice then gained weight.
Research has shown that obese people have a considerable amount of bacteria in their gastrointestinal tract called Firmicutes, and low numbers of another form of bacteria known as Bacteroidetes. Weight loss causes an increase in Bacteroidetes and a decrease in Firmicutes.
It is thought by some nutritionists that eating fiber will increase the number of bacteria responsible for keeping you thin. It’s been known for a long time that eating fiber helps with weight loss by giving the person a feeling of fullness. Now it appears that the fiber may also be working by encouraging the growth of weight loss bacteria in your gut.
There is still considerable argument about the benefits of eating poop for weight loss. It is not an approved therapy yet.
Would you really eat poop to get thin? This is a question that only you can answer.
In my opinion, I would rather exercise and eat the right types of food. Wishing you success with your weight management and loss, Pablo.