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How the UAE can Lose Weight Safely

Explore safe and effective weight loss methods in the UAE. Tips for a healthier lifestyle and sustainable weight management.

In the UAE, physical exercise and healthy diets are the most considered weight loss methods and yet shockingly nearly half the population (49%) believes that extreme or fad dieting is safe.[1] Unfortunately, hundreds of fad diets, weight-loss programs and outright scams promise quick and easy weight loss, however, the foundation of successful weight loss remains a healthy, calorie-controlled diet combined with increased physical activity and where necessary, proven professional support, such as the Allurion Program. And this could not be more imperative to the population of the UAE, which has a community struggling with its weight and thus in need of extra support that is proven and safe.

With this in mind, the Allurion Balloon has received its second approval from the UAE Ministry of Health, to tackle the country’s dangerously high obesity numbers and increasing weight issue. The Coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdowns have led to dramatic changes in health behaviors, prompting people in the UAE to cut back on physical activity and eat more. Interestingly, besides being less physically active, the main cause of weight gain in the UAE is snacking, with 53% of the UAE residents eating more frequently between meals than they used to. The result is now 47% of UAE residents eat more than they used to do before the pandemic.[2]

These numbers are further amplified by the pre-Covid 19 statistics that two in three people were already overweight in the UAE. Obesity has been the leading health problem in the UAE for many years, where the majority of the population has dangerously high body weights. In 2019, Zayed Military Hospital conducted a survey further raising the seriousness of the obesity problem, highlighting that 70% of the Emirati male population were obese.[3] Furthermore, the most recent study from the United States found the prevalence of diabetes in individuals aged between 20 and 44 was 3.3 percent. Overall, the UAE ranked highest in diabetes (4.7 percent) and hypertension and came in a very close second to the USA for obesity.[4]

There is a need for immediate action and Allurion is addressing this much-needed change. The Allurion Balloon is the world’s first and only weight loss device that requires no surgery, endoscopy, or anaesthesia. With over 40,000 patients who have sought out its help to date, the program is available across clinics in the United Arab Emirates and supports long-term weight loss through a revolutionary gastric balloon that creates a feeling of fullness by taking up space in the stomach, providing patients with the chance to take a break from dieting and that all too familiar feeling of hunger.

No weight loss program is a magic bullet, of course, and an effective one is based on good healthcare and science. With this in mind, the program by Allurion is uncompromising in its holistic approach to losing weight and importantly will also support in decreasing the risk of having diseases attributed to being overweight or obese, including, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and polycystic ovary syndrome to name but a few.

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1 Allurion 2021 YouGov Survey

2 Allurion YouGov Survey April 2021