The obesity epidemic in south Africa is certainly on the rise. From the South Africa Demographic and Healthy Survey 2016, it was indicated that based on the body mass index (BMI) score, 68% of women and 31% of men are overweight or obese. What’s more alarming is the high prevalence of severe obesity among South African women; 1 in 5 women has a BMI >35. This is of major concern and we as healthcare professionals are certainly trying to do something about it.
If you are one of the thousands of people who have tried dieting the ‘traditional’ way without success, then you might require some extra help.
Many people succumb to “yo-yo” dieting trying the latest fad around be it slimming pills or fluid diets and juicing, and is always to no avail since it is so difficult to stay the course. The vicious cycle of losing and gaining weight does not do any good to your metabolism and rarely causes a long-term change in eating habits.
There seems to be a new solution around. The gastric balloon is becoming a popular weight loss alternative to “going under the knife”. The soft, saline filled, silicone balloon will be placed in the stomach during a 20-30 minute “endoscopic” procedure, during which you will be mildly sedated. This will remain in the stomach for up to 6 months, filling it and providing a feeling of fullness. This will not only make you feel less hungry, but feel fuller more quickly after small meals. And since you should be feeling this way, you should find it easier to make the changes to your diet and lifestyle that will help keep the weight off once the balloon is removed.
Since long-term sustainable weight loss is our goal, you will be provided with exceptional support. Once the balloon is in place, you’ll receive your own customized diet by a Registered Dietitian and an exercise plan from a professional exercise trainer. You will receive ongoing support and coaching from a team of experts to help keep you motivated, provide advice, co-ordinate your program, and help you work through weight loss barriers.
Looking forward to helping you make a positive lifestyle change and reach your weight loss goals!