Skinny Jab, skinny jab – can I get a skinny jab?

To jab or not to jab, that is the question. Pete Richardson looks at so-called Skinny Jabs, fat loss injections which claim to help people lose weight.


Kerry Katona claimed her jabs helped her to lose 2 stone earlier this year.

And recently Gemma Collins said her weight loss could be partially attributed to the use of the injections.

Big news if you follow these guys and are desperate to lose weight. And many people trying to lose weight want to do it without too much exercise or dieting. Go figure!

So, any procedure like a weight-loss injection is bound to be popular – especially when endorsed by celebrities in our modern influencer influencing world.

Weight loss injections initially started as a diabetes drug, but it was later found that when the dosage was increased it reduced appetite and helped patients lose weight.

They contain the drug liraglutide, which can help suppress the appetite and control blood sugar levels and it’s sometimes prescribed by medical professionals alongside dietary changes and increased physical activity. Because is there really anything that can help lose weight if not done alongside more exercise and at least some change in eating habits?

While liraglutide has been shown to decrease appetites, as with all drugs there are potential listed side effects to taking this drug including nausea, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), diarrhoea, constipation, vomiting and stomach detention.

In the UK, the two most common brand names are Victoza and Saxenda, both made by pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says that patients can be prescribed Saxenda if their BMI is classed as obese, or if they have a weight-related illness.

But more and more companies have been selling prescribed liraglutide injections to people who do not necessarily fit the BMI and health criteria outlined by NICE but want to lose weight quickly. Saxenda was approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the treatment of obesity in January 2015. The EMA had previously approved it for type 2 diabetes in July 2009, and in America, it had been approved for obesity treatment in December 2014.

Weight loss injections are often referred to as a ‘skinny jab’ – which is also the name of one of the most popular suppliers of the product – they are pushed via social media feeds filled with memes, before and after shots, and the classic tape measure belt – or a massive pair of trousers the now thinner leaner person used to wear.

SkinnyJab’s website states that its system “can remove hunger from the equation” and help you achieve your weight loss goals with a mix of a diet plan and their SkinnyJab injections. “SkinnyJab is a weight loss programme incorporating licenced prescription medication and dietary planning. It is used as a kick start to a healthier lifestyle and to help prevent illnesses associated with obesity, such as high blood pressure and diabetes,” says a spokesperson for SkinnyJab.

“The drug works by curbing the appetite. It does this by levelling out glucose levels in the blood, thus controlling insulin production. The drug uses stored fat cells, converting into glycogen, then into glucose to ensure that glucose levels are regularly maintained. This all combines so that the net result is weight loss.”

So, miracle cure or one part of an equation which helps fast-track weight loss?

Kerry Katona and Gemma Collins think it works… I’m sure it does.[bookly-cancellation-confirmation]