How far would you go to lose weight? A new procedure is being offered privately to obese and moderately overweight patients in the UK.
The Government may be urging us to lose weight – but what lengths would you go to in order to get slim? How about a 10-day regime of being drip-fed a daily 130 calories of liquid food via a nasogastric tube?
Dr Ray Shidrawi, a leading gastroenterologist at Homerton University Hospital, London has brought a controversial treatment developed more than 30 years ago in Italy to the UK. Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition (KEN) sends the body into a controlled “starvation mode”, forcing it to use its own fat for energy. Dr Shidrawi says that weight loss with KEN is between 4 per cent and 9 per cent of body weight per 10day cycle, without, he claims, any side effects or feelings of hunger.