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Swallowable balloons could help with weight loss without surgery

The threshold for obesity is a BMI - one's weight in kg divided by the square of one's height (in cm) - of 30. The volunteers in the Italian study, who had BMI of 30 to 45, lost, on average, 15 kg, about a third of their excess weight.


WEIGHT-LOSS balloons that are swallowed rather than surgically inserted in the stomach have been found safe and effective in preliminary trials, attendees at a medical conference heard on Thursday.

Intragastric balloons have been used for decades to help obese patients shed...

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