alli weight loss aid - helping adults lose weight

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alli weight loss aid - helping adults lose weight

alli is clinically proven to boost weight loss when added to a reduced calorie, lower-fat diet.

Published March 2009


Relieving the burden of obesity with alli weight loss aid?

There is growing concern about the rapidly increasing number of overweight and obese adults, both in the UK and worldwide. The World Health Organisation predicts there will be 700 million obese people in the world by 2015, and a UK government report forecasts that by 2050 nine out of ten adults in the UK could be overweight or obese.

With this growing concern in mind it may be that alli can help.  In January 2009 it was announced that the European Commission had granted a non-prescription licence for alli (orlistat 60mg), a weight loss aid. 


What is classed as ‘overweight’ and how can alli weight loss aid help?

A person is judged to be ‘overweight’ if he or she has a BMI of 25 or above; once this BMI figure reaches 30 a person is deemed to be ‘obese’.  You can take alli weight loss aid if you are over 18, are overweight and have a BMI of 28 or over.

There is medical evidence to suggest that being overweight or obese is linked to other serious health conditions, including heart disease, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and even certain types of cancer and it is estimated that obesity is linked to 30,000 deaths and 18 million sick days taken each year in the UK. Therefore, taking alli to lose weight could be beneficial to your health, in more than just one way.

James Hallatt, General Manager GSK Consumer Healthcare UK, said: “Receiving a licence for alli heralds a significant milestone which may contribute to relieving the growing burden of obesity in the UK. We are pleased that we can offer a new, clinically proven option for thousands of people who struggle to lose weight.

“alli is not a magic pill but it can help people lose more weight than dieting alone. alli has been available in the US for over a year and been tried by millions of people, helping sensible dieters achieve significant weight loss. We are very excited about the opportunity to create similar success in the UK.”  


How does alli work?

alli works by stopping some of the fat you eat being absorbed into the body. Clinical trials show that adding alli to a reduced calorie, lower-fat diet can help people lose 50 per cent more weight than dieting alone. So for every 2 lb lost through healthy eating, alli could help people lose an additional 1 lb.

The recommended dose of alli is one 60mg capsule or one 27mg chewable tablet taken three times daily with meals containing the recommended amount of fat. Always read the label.  Find out more about how alli works or discuss alli with your Boots Pharmacist.


1 Tacking Obesities: Future Choices – Foresight Project Report.  Government Office for Science 2007
2 National Audit Office.  Tackling Obesity in England February 2001.  Part Two pp15-16.

alli is a weight loss aid containing orlistat. Follow a reduced calorie, lower-fat diet. For overweight adults with a BMI of 28 or over. Always read the label.

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