Is the “Balloon Pill” A Weight Loss Miracle?

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According to the Center of Disease Control, more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. Many struggle to lose weight despite their modest attempts to make healthier food choices and exercise, and even despite newly approved prescription medications (marketed as Qsymia, Belviq and Contrave). In desperate attempts to drop pounds some even resort to specialty diets, fads and health gimmicks which usually result in only short-term weight loss and can potentially be more harmful than good. And there are still those who although they may be able to afford it, are skeptical of undergoing the knife for bariatric surgery.

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But what if you could swallow one pill that could help you lose weight for good?

A weight loss breakthrough

There is a new weight control device that brings the promise of doing just that.  With the advancement of science, there is now a new non-surgical option to help struggling dieters in their battle of the bulge. It is manufactured as the Eclipse device but is being called the “balloon pill.”

A study presented earlier this month at Obesity Week 2015 hosted by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The Obesity Society, unveiled the new device. Dr. John Morton, chief of bariatric surgery at Stanford University and president of ASMBS described it as a balloon a patient swallows, similar to that of a large pill.