Dieting as the summer approaches has become as normal as holidays themselves but these days more and more people are choosing surgery to battle their expanding waste lines.
Weight watchers and fad diets are being replaced by gastric balloon insertions and lap band tightening.
Keyhole surgery and non-invasive procedures have revolutionised the world of obesity surgery with gastric balloons being one of the most popular choices.
Surgery patient numbers have dramatically increased by up to 60 per cent and these numbers are only increasing.
Some reports claim up to three-quarters of the UK population is overweight and one-fifth is now classified as obese. As these numbers continue to rise, so will the numbers of people turning to gastric balloon surgery.