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Updated 14 August 2017

SEE: Swallow this gastric balloon to lose 15kg

Once in the stomach, it is filled with water through a long thin tube. After the balloon is filled, the tube is detached and pulled out of the body.

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Losing weight is life-long struggle for many people.

A recent study showed that 70% of South African women and a third of men being classified as overweight or obese.

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation 40% of women in South Africa are obese; this is an indication that their body mass index (BMI) is greater than 30kg/m2.

But scientists are now developing a new weight-loss method without undergoing surgeries such as a gastric bypass.

A gastric balloon that can be swallowed has proven to be able to help people lose a significant amount of weight without surgery.

Take a look at how this procedure works:

 
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