Have you ever heard of balloons making you lose weight? Strange may it sound but it is true. The weight loss balloon, technically known as Bioenterics Intragastric Balloon (BIB), helps in reducing one’s flab faster. Excess weight gain is a serious issue and many factors contribute to it, some are genetic while others are acquired. The BIB has been introduced in India for the first time. The treatment is catalytic in nature. As life becomes more convenient, one eats more and exercises less. This results in obesity. People of many nations are suffering with the epidemic and the situation is likely to worsen in coming years. Diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, cancer and hypertension are correlated with obesity. According to the World Health Organisation, globally more than one billion people are overweight and at least 300 million of them are obese. The commonest measurement of obesity is the Body Mass Index (BMI). Here, the body weight in kgs divided by square of height in meters. A person is said to be obese, if his BMI is between 30 to 34.9 kg/m2. If the BMI reaches the mark of 40mg/m2, it is considered as morbid obesity. People turn to diet, fitness and medication to treat obesity. Developed by Myovatec Surgical Systems M.O.P. (Myovatec Obesity Programme) helps in controlling one’s weight. The B.I.B is a part of the M.O.P. and helps to control one’s weight in a safe and effective manner. Thereby, it improves the person’s health and enhances his life without the risk of surgery or drugs. In the BIB technique, a soft, silicone balloon, filled with saline is inserted into the stomach of the patient. It is removed after 6 months. It gives the feeling of satiety or lack of hunger to the patient.
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