Next May, look for a new hydrogel pill that can quash the urge to eat by expanding into a jelly-like ball in your stomach.


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  1. tcp100 says:

    Wow, am I the only one who thinks this could be seriously dangerous, if it gets stuck, or is taken with the wrong amount of water and expands a little further, um, downline?

  2. Dustbunny says:


    I wonder which will create more poop problems, Alli with the oily stools or this hydrogel thingie? Although maybe it won’t be so bad if it’s just water exploding out of your poop chute.

  3. magic8ball says:

    Man, that’s gonna suck if it gets stuck in your throat.

  4. mrestko says:

    There did use to be a pill like this in America but it was pulled because it was doing exactly what TCP100 and MAGIC8BALL suggested it might. I think there may have been a few deaths, I don’t remember and I don’t really feel like looking it up right now.

  5. TechnoDestructo says:


    My guess would be loose stool, since it’s going to be holding a lot more moisture.

    Does this stuff count as dietary fiber?

  6. Chicago7 says:

    Just eat playdough. Worked for me!


    Seriously, though, couldn’t you just use oat bran in a big glass of water?

  7. says:

    You can get the same magical-expanding-thing effect by eating the internal filling of a baby diaper. It’s just a gel, it’s not fibrous — although I have absolutely no idea what it will do in the lower regions of the digestive tract.


  8. synergy says:

    Some people will do anything (besides close their mouths) to stop eating.