Food capsules to beat obesity

A new capsule could be the answer to Australia’s obesity epidemic.

Food capsules to beat obesity

Food capsules containing supplements could be the answer to Australia’s obesity epidemic. Scientists believe that they may be able to develop a capsule which tricks the lower intestine into sending ‘full’ signals to the brain, causing the digestive system to behave as if a person has had a gastric bypass.

The capsule would contain supplements which target the lower intestine, causing the body to release hormones which suppress the appetite and help with the release of insulin. It would cause the body to feel full and, according to Professor Ashley Blackshaw, who led the research team, would “stop even the hungriest individual from eating”.

In Australia three in five people are classified as overweight or obese, and gastric bypass surgery is both an extreme and expensive procedure. Professor Blackshaw explained the current procedure, “At the moment, obese patients undergo gastric bypass surgery where they are essentially re-plumbed. Undigested food bypasses the small intestine and is shunted straight to the lower bowel.”

The capsules could be a low-cost alternative to this surgery, and scientists are hopeful that they could be on the market in the next five years. “We believe it’s possible to trick the digestive system into behaving as if a bypass has taken place. This can be done by administering specific food supplements which release strong stimuli in the same area of the lower bowel,” said Professor Blackshaw.

To find out more visit The Telegraph website.

What do you think? Would you take a food capsule to trick your appetite? Could these capsules be a positive cure for obesity in Australia, or a dangerous dieting pill for those who are already unhealthily thin?





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    Simo
    25th Jul 2014
    10:21am
    This may be the answer but under strict Medical control and only on Prescription, I certainly would prefer tis to Surgery which any Surgeon will tell you it is Dangerous when undergoing Surgery of this type.
    Bookworm
    25th Jul 2014
    10:27am
    I would be very wary about this capsule until exhaustive tests proved it to be harmless. I don't like the idea of this targeting my hormones etc. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is! We have enough rubbish in our systems already. Just eat less, exercise more - simple.
    Blossom
    27th Jul 2014
    11:48am
    Unfortunately that doesn't work for all. I knew a guy who was a healthy eater and slim until after he had knee surgery. He continued to eat a healthy diet and exercised every day without fail. No matter what diet he was put on and stuck to rigidly he still gained weight even though he was a small eater and had never eaten big meals. His legs got so big the skin was splitting and he was getting ulcers. He was admitted to a special ward and they put him on a different special diet. He didn't have visitors at all during the first couple of weeks because they had colds and didn't want to risk infecting anybody else but he still managed to gain weight. They knew the situation and wouldn't have taken him in food anyway so they knew that wasn't the reason.
    Abby
    25th Jul 2014
    10:27am
    I feel most people who eat a healthy diet should not need either a bypass surgery or pills
    Like with most pills it will have side effects of some sort.

    Perhaps what should be looked at are foods that are given a heart tick for donation to the company are actually not healthy.

    Just look how hard it is to buy a cereal without loads of sugar - yet there is a heart tick on them. The parents think they are giving their children healthy food.

    Surely if somebody wanted a cereal with sugar they can add it to it not be unknowingly be addicted to it under the guise it is a healthy food.
    Anonymous
    27th Jul 2014
    10:47am
    Yes, a healthy diet will not lead to obesity as long as you exercise as well. Read this morning that there is absolutely no need to count calories as long as you get adequate exercise.

    Some people may not be able to exercise, I fully understand that, but the great majority of people you see waddling around the streets are obviously not getting any at all. Go back 30 years and we never had so many overweight people. Old film footage which is shown from time to time shows a very slim nation overall and if you have a look back at old school photos you would be hard pressed to find more than one child in the class who is overweight. Recently had mine out and I think there was one girl who could be classed as carrying weight but not what I would call obese.

    The tick of approval is paid for by the companies and I do not take much notice of that tick at all in most case.
    Blossom
    27th Jul 2014
    12:16pm
    I heard a rumour that some companies change their ingredients and don't ask for permission to still use the tick.
    Some food that is labelled low cholestoral/low sugar/ low salt sometimes actually has more than the ordinary. Check nutritional information very carefully.e.g. Some that are low in cholestoral have a lot of carbohydrate (sugars)or high sodium (salt) levels. It is very difficult to find healthy food including cereals. The same applies to what is supposed to be healthy frozen meals that some people only use when they are genuinely sick - not well enough to prepare meals - even thosed that are labelled healthy. A relative of mine had a lok for me when I was really sick with a nasty virus for 3 weeks. It even effected my hearing severely during that time.
    Gayrama
    25th Jul 2014
    11:48am
    What do you do when you already do what you are saying? i.e. eat less, eat heart tick foods, don't eat rubbish. Because of dietary restrictions I can only eat fresh goods anyway. If I make a pasta dish I make everything except pasta myself. I have half portions, I manage 30 mins a day exercise; but I still put on weight. Now at 61 with my weight increasing I give up. I been told I eat too much then I eat too little. You can't win. Whatever you do it is always wrong by someones outlook.
    Bookworm
    25th Jul 2014
    11:57am
    I agree, Gayrama. I too eat mainly vegetables, some grains and occasionally fish and fruit, but cant lose weight despite also exercising. But my problem is because I am being treated for a hypoactive thyroid. It stuffs up the metabolism big time! Perhaps you could have a simple blood test to see if you have a thyroid problem. It's more common than you think.
    Sen.Cit.90
    25th Jul 2014
    12:28pm
    Hi Garama, I suggest that you do few checks on the Internet, you will find that less carbohydrates and more protein may assist you. I mention this because you mentioned cooking pasta dishes.
    It is suggested from latest research, suggestions that the well known food pyramid be turned upside down. Good Luck.
    Blossom
    27th Jul 2014
    11:12am
    One theory is that grains (which are carbohydrates) cause weight gain and also can aggravate various types of inflammation. A dietician told me that I could use zucchini sliced thinly lengthwise in place of actual pasta, A diabetic friend of mine is allowed limited amount of Multigrain bread but no other. Ordinary Potatoes are high in starchy carbohydrate. Sweet Potato is Ok as it isn't starchy. I reckon it has a similar texture to some types of pumpkin and depending on the type similar taste too.
    Polly Esther
    25th Jul 2014
    11:52am
    Are they going to make them food and flavor shaped? Little pumpkins, little beans, little peas, little spuds, little ...., little ....., the mind boggles.
    Blossom
    27th Jul 2014
    11:51am
    Very funny I don't think !! You obviously don't have an issue at all
    alinejordan
    25th Jul 2014
    12:11pm
    everything always happens in the next 5-10 years! how about NOW!!
    Brissiegirl
    25th Jul 2014
    4:06pm
    Glad someone else noticed everything happens in the next 5-10 years. Promises of cures for this cures for that and new treatments to help with this or that. Always in five years' time, and 15 ears later we have forgotten, because none of it ever materialises.
    biddi
    25th Jul 2014
    4:59pm
    Yes, everything in the next 5 to 10 years. I guess this is the way 'researchers' keep the money flowing in.
    Blossom
    27th Jul 2014
    11:54am
    I agree, it is like that with for many medical problems - some fatal. If patients are willing why don't they let them try them so see if there is any improvement, even if it is just short term, provided the patient isn't in pain.
    mogo51
    25th Jul 2014
    1:51pm
    Ye Simo that may be correct, but do you think the surgeons will be happy? It might mean they have to keep the Merc for another 12 months.
    HOLA
    25th Jul 2014
    1:54pm
    I love watching cooking shows but I am amazed at how much sugar and salt they add to the food. Wouldn't it be good if they put on a Master Chef cooking show for people who are watching their calorie intake. I never add salt to my cooking and tell guests they have to add it on themselves. You would be surprised at how many people don't even realise it isn't in the cooking.
    biddi
    25th Jul 2014
    5:02pm
    Regarding cooking shows, wish these chefs would pin their hair back and cover it with a cap or scarf.
    Anonymous
    25th Jul 2014
    6:28pm
    Yes regarding the cooking shows Biddi, good suggestion. Considering the amount of fiddling they do with the food on the plate, I shudder when something goes wrong and they hold their heads/hair and then straight back to fiddling with the food.
    Anonymous
    27th Jul 2014
    2:22pm
    On Masterchef George Colambrais is the only thin one there lol. The chap with the cravat is not at all healthy looking and needs to start thinking about losing weight before he has a heart attack.
    Kopernicus
    29th Jul 2014
    2:47pm
    Hey Hola, but did you note the serving sizes on Masterchef - foo foo decorative and insubstantial. Your intake of nutrients/calories depends on density ie amount per 100g AND the serving size.
    This is why supersizing fast foods has such impact - cheap + calorific.
    Kathleen
    25th Jul 2014
    2:27pm
    I see a dietician and a balanced diet is still recommended not high or low anything except perhaps low fat or restricted fats. Smaller portions are also recommended. We have four small meals a day the last one being super which is yoghurt and fruit. Females need four serves of dairy per day or should take calcium supplement. We start the day with porridge and I only have half cup cooked oats. Meat portions are also small around 100 grams of fish or chicken and less red meat than that. We have one to two serves protein per day as protein helps you absorb the other vitamins in your food. We do have carbs by way of two slices bread per day either toast or sandwich. We eat lots of veggies and cook big pots of chicken soup with a big variety of veggies of all colours. This way a small regular weight loss will occur and hunger will be kept at bay.
    Blossom
    27th Jul 2014
    11:03am
    People who would normally put sugar in porridge can instead add raw finely cut fruit such as apple or pear. I usually use a pear (not peeled - just the seed and core removed) Unfortunately I don't like apple in it with the skin still on it.
    We have to be aware that some fruit and vegetables have higher sugar and other carbohydate levels than others. There are good and bad carbohydrates, You can find lists in google. Some vegetables naturally contain salt in them whilst growing.
    Allie
    25th Jul 2014
    3:16pm
    About 10 years ago there was a 'diet' tablet strictly on prescription. Very closely monitored.
    It was from America.
    I took it for 6 months and it worked.
    It worked on the brain centre that convinced the body it was full. I got down to eating half a sandwich and felt that I had had a three course meal!
    I lost so much weight and was nearing 'healthy' numbers.
    Then;
    "They" put out a 'stop' on it as 'they' said it had cause liver complications in 'several' people.
    Most meds have some 'chance'.
    I suspect the multi billion Dollar weightloss industry lobbied the USA Govt and 'found' a reason to take it off the market.
    There is more to 'weight' than just food!! (If it were merely that there would be no 'fat' people)
    Star Trekker
    25th Jul 2014
    3:33pm
    I gain weight at the drop of a hat, even with daily exercise.
    I have a problem, I never feel hungry and I never feel full.
    When I do eat, I cannot stop. I will graze for the whole day. I try and eat stuff like celery etc but still I cannot stop.
    People cannot understand what I am going through, so if a pill was available I'd take it.
    Anonymous
    25th Jul 2014
    6:30pm
    ditto, I don't have any desire to eat breakfast or lunch but once I start eating dinner, there's no stopping
    Blossom
    27th Jul 2014
    11:58am
    I know a couple of people who have the same problem. They were told that by only eating one meal a day, you stretch your stomach, also your body learns to store fat to sustain you.
    Anonymous
    27th Jul 2014
    5:14pm
    I totally understand that some people cannot bear the thought of breakfast. However, it is better if you do eat at regular intervals . Eating big meals at night is not a good thing...I used to do this but have stopped and sleeping much better. Since I gave up drinking a wine every night and exercising every day I have lost 2.3 kgs in the last two months. I realise this is a very small loss but it is a loss. I have never been able to lose weight since I put it on ten years ago and giving up the alcohol and exercising and not eating any butter/margarine has been the answer for me. I still enjoy a biscuit or two and I eat exactly the same as I always did apart from these minor changes.

    25th Jul 2014
    6:24pm
    Bring it on! the sooner the better; no matter what you try at our age with metabolism at a standstill and not enough energy to turn into a Olympic athlete, its nigh impossible to lose weight.
    Blossom
    27th Jul 2014
    12:03pm
    Maybe you should ask your GP or Dietician how you can boost your metabolism
    jaker
    26th Jul 2014
    7:32am
    Exercise and self-denial work every time with no side effects
    Kopernicus
    29th Jul 2014
    2:51pm
    What if you're in denial of self-denial?
    margot_reine
    26th Jul 2014
    9:35am
    I think one of the biggest problems with obesity is that people do not chew their food intake properly. Our whole mastication and digestive system is designed to chew foods, not gollop them down and then because we haven't masticated our food, we still feel hungry after and so we gollop down even more food to satisify the need of a full stomach. This is only one problem. There is also the amount of food we eat for the amount of activity we do, and the type of foods we eat. We have become a non-active society on the whole, and the more obese we get, the less activity we do. But this one should be kept in mind is chew not gollop - take time over food. Should we get down to simply taking a capsule, our whole mastication and digestive system will go awry. The whole idea of this capsule to solve all problems is just another gimic.
    Kopernicus
    29th Jul 2014
    2:56pm
    The benefits of slow eating are regarded to be effective via allowing adequate time for the brain to receive satiety signals. Most people can take in more via shovelling rather than leisurely, much slower eating.
    margot_reine
    26th Jul 2014
    9:36am
    Oooops - sent before I was finished - gimic????? gimmick
    fish head
    26th Jul 2014
    10:31am
    Hey folks, what works for one person doesn't for the next one. Hence all the hand wringing. I also wonder how long ago all the measurements used to declare overweight/not overweight was collated. Anything that replaces gastric banding gets my vote. That is one scarey procedure and seems to have as many problems as the original condition. Yes, gets results, BUT........
    buby
    26th Jul 2014
    8:50pm
    I QUIET often overeat when we have times of pollution/ I get horrible taste in my mouth and suffer infections.
    Other times i eat normally without a problem.
    Now i've noticed we have old homes that are being pulled down in my area, and i ventured out to do some shopping. when i got back i felt very ill, had a fowl taste in my mouth and felt sick in the stomach, and all i wanted to eat was yoghurt, then i couldn't stop eating until i had lost the fowl taste in my mouth!!!
    buby
    26th Jul 2014
    8:51pm
    Many old homes have asbestos in them, i wonder if this is affecting me in particular. It may also be affecting others also of which i am still to find out?
    Blossom
    27th Jul 2014
    11:39am
    There are strict rules when removing asbestos. I don't think a lot people abide by them. An ex-neighbour of mine demolished a small garden shed. He reckoned he had it checked but they literally bashed it down with a hammer and bits went everywhere One across the road me had a specially qualified team remove theirs but they didn't put up plasic sheeting up outside the house and some of its dust etc went on their paths and driveway which the guys swept up with an ordiany room. I don't know where some of that may have drifted to. They had an inspector there too.
    Blossom
    27th Jul 2014
    11:50am
    Well, there are inspectors in SA, don't know about other states.
    Blossom
    27th Jul 2014
    12:00pm
    I forgot to add that a lot of the older paint had lead in it too. That may be a large part of your problem and that of many others.
    Anonymous
    27th Jul 2014
    5:17pm
    Driving around the inner suburbs where I live there are flaking asbestos roofs. I did write to the paper about this but they never published it. I wonder why ! The council should be taking action and making people fix this problem.
    buby
    26th Jul 2014
    8:55pm
    Or maybe we are becoming obese due to a lot of stress!!!
    Or perhaps we can blame the Genetically altered foods we may be eating>>>
    I for one wouldn't want to do any surgery to fix my problem nor want to take any magic pill either. Although as a diabetic i do take one already. NOt that it helps a lot at times!!!
    Simo
    27th Jul 2014
    7:55am
    Hey Bubby, you may well be right about the Asbestos, but it will take years to affect you and then mainly in the respiratory System especially the Lungs ( I have Asbestosis ) this virtually reduces your Lung 's capacity and you struggle to exert yourself. among other actions of the Human body ( so that is out now ). If you suspect anyone is demolishing a Building containing Asbestos materials and Not taking all the necessary removal precautions or if you want to know what the precautions contact your Local Council Building Department.
    Blossom
    27th Jul 2014
    12:06pm
    Or in SA the Environmental Protection Authority.
    Ritza
    27th Jul 2014
    4:52pm
    Star Trekker i understand you completely. I do eat breakfast and lunch in small healthy portions but come 6 0'clock I eat and continue to 'graze' til I go to bed.

    I,do a golden zumba class and aquarobics. My arthritic foot doesn't allow me to go for long walks.

    My solution is probably to take a sleeping pill at 7.30 pm as I find I do not have the discipline to halt this very bad habit. Please don't preach as I gave up cigarettes and rarely drink. Food is my addiction
    Star Trekker
    27th Jul 2014
    5:15pm
    I have most of my spine fused and the exercise that I can do is very limited. I also gave up the dreaded smokes over 20 years ago and I rarely drink as well. Once I start eating I cannot stop no matter what time of day I start. I suppose something like hypnotherapy might be an option but I couldn't afford it on a pension.
    Kopernicus
    29th Jul 2014
    3:25pm
    As mentioned previously, the difference today to say 40 years ago is neatly encapsulated in primary school photos of almost universally skinny kids then vs predominantly tubby kids now. We're all aware of the differences in activity like walking to school 5k, active outdoor games then vs school bus and laptop and TV now.

    I also think materialism, advertising aimed at kids, possibly looser parental control of available drinks or snacks etc does not help. Food is so cheap, so available and so in your face these days. My wife tells me that soft drink was a real treat when she was a kid and I wasn't brought up on it at all.
    Obesity is now an epidemic which is kinda weird - an own goal has been kicked. While anything that helps would be of advantage, I do have some misgivings about taking a pill instead of changing obviously contributing behaviours - have we lost our physical compass?
    I do understand this is harder for some than others to do for a myriad of reasons but these are only exceptions do not account for the whole - the overall rate in Australia is >30% AND climbing. It's estimated countries like Canada will reach 50% by 2020.

    Things are literally going to pot.
    Kopernicus
    29th Jul 2014
    4:19pm
    Warning - this is boring if you know all this. It all comes from actuarial (insurance) data - collected from astronomic numbers of people.

    Healthy weight is defined by BMI (Body Mass Index) which is a formula including height (in meters) and weight in kg BMI=weight/ht squared . The healthy weight range is Normal BMI 20-25, Overweight 25-30 and Obese >30.
    BUT - if you are older than 70, the normal range jumps to BMI 22-27.

    So my weight of 80kg and height 1.75m gives BMI= 80 divided by 1.75x1.75 = 26.
    This means I'm a bit over. I could lose a bit or weight till I'm 70 ha, ha.
    If you want to know your ideal weight multiply the BMI you want by your height twice. For me 25x1.75x1.75= 76.6kg - I'm ~3.5kg over - an amount I regard as of cosmetic rather than health concern and I don't care about the former.
    The real risk becomes more evident for BMI's>30 and pay more attention if you have vascular disease or diabetes.

    NB Physical activity is protective, regardless of weight. A fit overweight or obese person if better off even if they haven't lost weight.

    This was my line of work till a year ago.
    CindyLou
    29th Jul 2014
    3:34pm
    Cut down on the carbs, bread, pasta, potatoes
    Reduce sugar in diet
    Drink water
    Walk each day
    Try the 5 : 2 eating plan
    Has worked for me


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