Life and Style Obalon - a new weight loss balloon that can be swallowed in a pill and has been launched across the UK

The apple-sized balloon is encased in a pill which patients swallow

Hormones help girl weighing 15 stone

A GIRL aged nine whose weight ballooned to almost 15 stone has had her expanding girth curbed by injections of a hormone.

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Secretarial: Hungry for success

I Work For... JulIe Poelvoorde is PA to Linda Huett, The Vice chairman of operations at Weight Watchers UK Ltd, part of an international company

He is worried about keeping it up. She is worried about keeping it down. He thinks he's a flop in bed. She thinks she's too fat. But now their worries are over. This is the age of... His 'n' her pills

There is nothing he wouldn't give to look down and see a bulge below his belt. But if she looks into the mirror and sees a bulge below, above or underneath her belt, she's in instant hysterics and off to the gym to do 1001 sit-ups in a tent dress. Limp penises and spare tyres - these are the twin nightmares of our age. No man can be too hard, no woman too thin.

Weight fears risk girls' health

TEENAGE girls are putting their health at risk because they fear unnecessarily that they are overweight, according to a new survey.

Girls' weight fear is a risk

TEENAGE girls are putting their health at risk because they fear unnecessarily that they are overweight, according to a new survey.

The demon drink: Demand for alcohol `drying up'

A record number of people could be giving up drinking in the New Year, a temperance society has claimed. The Rechabites Friendly Society, founded more than 160 years ago to offer financial policies and services to people who abstain from alcohol, said temperance was making a comeback.

Letter: Cost of healthy food

Sir: Is there a distinction between what is politically correct environmentally and politically correct in health terms? Surely not ("Junk food scores on energy efficiency", 4 December).

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From Mr Nicholas Organ

vital signs: Less food, less focus

Less food, less focus

Council aims to introduce non-smoking contracts

MATTHEW BRACE

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Health club helps students chill out for exams

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