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WTF?! Fit Edition - Italian Expanding Diet Pill

So what do you think is resting peacefully in that hand in the photo to the left? A jelly fish? Why no, it is a diet pill. When I saw this on WIRED all I could think to say was, to borrow a phrase my buddy Giggle is so fond of - WTF!?

This is a new diet pill, still in the testing phase, that turns into a clear, gelatinous blob the size of a tennis ball to help fill up your stomach. The pill, taken with 2 glasses of water, gives the user a fake-full sensation, like having eaten a "plate full of pasta," but without having to deal with all those unwanted calories. It seems the Italian creators of this "innovative" diet pill were inspired by the increasing size of Americans waistlines when they visited our fair country back in the 1990s.

The pill absorbs the two glasses of water you drink after swallowing it and expands in your stomach. Made of hydrogel, this "water balloon" could produce an effect similar to gastric banding -- without the surgery. The scientists behind the pill said "hydrogel" is made from "biocompatible" material, so the body just flushes it out. The WIRED article did not give any time frame for this flushing process.

The pill may be on the market in both the U.S. and EU later this year depending on how it fares in testing trials.

Is it just me - or does it look an awful lot like a silicone breast implant?

There's another photo and if you want to see it you are just going to have to

This photo illustrates the "before" and "after" shots of the pill. What you swallow and what two glasses of water can do to it once it is housed in your stomach.

I am not sure you can tell, but I am thinking this is pretty bad idea. I know obesity is on the rise on an international level, but I really do believe we can all learn to control our appetites and begin to exercise more. I really do. Do you?

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
that seems VERY unsafe
xMiss-Worldx xMiss-Worldx 10 years
its kinda scary! :|
cham08 cham08 10 years
i can't imagine eating that
Nutmegs Nutmegs 10 years
WTF?! Why not just drink the two glasses of water to see how hungry you really are and go from there? I don't plastics in my boobs or my stomach, thank you.
SU3 SU3 10 years
:jawdrop: All around BAD idea.
Schaianne Schaianne 10 years
Hmm, weird ... the theory seems sound, though. I'll wait and see first. ;)
tchotchke tchotchke 10 years
that is disgusting.
kendallina kendallina 10 years
That seems so dangerous.
Princess-Rebecca Princess-Rebecca 10 years
Is this healthy? Does the ball go away? This scares me.. diet pills.. they're so bad for you own health! Try some exercise!!!
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
I really really hope the FDA does not approve this. What happens if you vomit after swallowing this and it's already expanded? I'd think you'd probably choke to death!!
Jivespeaker Jivespeaker 10 years
I'd have to read more about it. Exactly what it's made out of, etc. nycgirl above mentioned a good way to use it. I can see how it may be abused, but we can't save everyone from being dumb. I'm sure someone will eat 20 of these and sue. Survival of the fittest/smartest! LOL.
DearMissPriss DearMissPriss 10 years
Haha nikkih!
nikkih nikkih 10 years
I wouldn't do it myself, but if anyone else wants to digest fake boobs for dinner, who am I to stop them...
N-e-e-c-a-l-l-e N-e-e-c-a-l-l-e 10 years
hmm I am intrigued, however, its likely going to be abused by some people, not to mention what it would look like comming out the other end. The silicone jelly doesnt look to offensive when its sitting in a cute little ball like that. But when its time to exit I predit it being not so cute.
ccy ccy 10 years
It creeps me out just looking at it so i can't imagine taking it to try and lose weight.
Royal_Red Royal_Red 10 years
It looks so sick.... do you still poo or pee if you eat that?
sparklestar sparklestar 10 years
How would you gain any nutrients? Even if you have this for say. . dinner.. you would still need to control your appetite the rest of the time. This is flawed in so many ways. You could easily starve without realising it if your stomach is filled up. Not only that - some people will continue eating AFTER they are full, so what can be done to stop them? More exercise and better portion control!
designergirl designergirl 10 years
Seems scary...
leigha926 leigha926 10 years
i don't think this is a good idea, mostly because of what elmendoa said above. as someone with a borderline eating problem, i was automatically attracted to this new pill, so i can definitely anticipate it being abused by those with eating disorders. also, it just looks kinda dangerous.
elmendoa elmendoa 10 years
ok. i think this is a good idea for people that are obese, but can you imagine how this will be used for the girls out there with eating disorders?! I hope, that they are smart about this and make it prescription only or something, it could be very dangerous!
nycgirl nycgirl 10 years
I think this looks like fun, and would help many people who just for whatever reason can't stop stuffing food in their mouths. I believe in strict diet and exercise too, but I'd love to have this just in case I am out with friends who only want to eat crap like pizza. I wouldn't have to eat the pizza, but I wouldn't have to starve either!
juiceejuice juiceejuice 10 years
why not just drink the two glasses of water without the pill. i mean, wouldn't you just feel full from the water and hence eat less without having to have some foreign object in your body?
pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
I'd get full just from the two glasses of water . . . .
blondie01 blondie01 10 years
hmm...I think its a Great Idea. HOWEVER, I can see this getting abused by many...eeek. And yes, we all need to learn to live a healthy and active lifestyle but the odds of that happening are slim to none (no pun intended).
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