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Lasting Weight Loss: Are Stomach Balloons the Answer?

Lasting Weight Loss: Are Stomach Balloons the Answer?

Obesity is one of the most serious health problems worldwide. In the U.S., a whopping 1 in 3 adults is considered obese, and 2 in 3 are either obese or overweight by clinical definitions.

It’s estimated that by 2030 more than half the world’s population will be overweight or obese. Associated health problems include certain types of cancer, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, and high blood pressure.

Despite wide acceptance by physicians, weight loss surgery like the gastric bypass procedure has been largely rejected by health care consumers. Only 1 to 2 percent of people who qualify for weight loss surgery decide to have it. For the other 99 percent, the idea of permanently changing their bodies and the risk of life-threatening complications aren’t worth the potential for weight loss.

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