In the News: Weight loss balloon in a pill. Would you swallow it?

School Of Nutrition Posted Feb 05, 2014 Future Fit Training


A gastric balloon in pill form called 'Obalon' has just been launched in the UK.

In the News: Weight loss balloon in a pill. Would you swallow it?

The Obalon pills are designed to be inflated into balloons in the stomach, reducing the free volume of the stomach and therefore how much a person can eat before they feel full.

The balloon is designed to be used by people with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 or above, who have previously failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. Normally surgery is needed to insert a gastric balloon.

Each balloon cost £1995 and lasts 12 weeks. It is currently not available on the NHS.

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