You might be just a balloon away to losing weight.
For those who are trying to trim down but do not want or cannot have surgery, you might want to check this out.
Researchers have produced a non-toxic balloon connected to a detachable long thin tube. Once ingested (you can swallow it like a pill), ultrasound is used to see whether the balloon is in place in the stomach. When successfully placed, it is then filled with water through the tube which will, in turn, be detached back up the throat and out after.
Just wait for 16 weeks and feel it burst in your tummy! Don't worry though for once the water's released, the balloon itself is also excreted. This material is believed to truly help obese people lose large amounts of weight as it restricts the size of one's stomach. However, patients are encouraged to have a Mediterranean diet after the whole process to help maintain their weight.
While useful, this is certainly not a substitute for bariatric surgery. “The technology in and of itself is interesting but you have really got to deal with people’s eating behavior before you intervene,” said Professor Jason Halford of the European Association for the Study of Obesity. Hence, this is rather expected to change the patient's eating habits.
Dr Roberta Ienca from the Sapienza University of Rome in Italy, who presented the study, said: “Because the Elipse Balloon does not require endoscopy, surgery or anaesthesia, this may make it suitable for a larger population of obese patients not responding to diet/lifestyle treatment and also for use by a variety of clinicians — nutritionists, dietitians, and internists — who currently do not have access to or are qualified to fit endoscopic or surgical weight loss devices.”
Would you want to try one of these?