The body has a tendency to maintain a steady weight, but various factors can influence this. It is important to consider the various causes of weight fluctuations, not just to look at body shape or body weight in isolation; treating body weight as a symptom to be fixed, rather than a part of overall health and nutrition, is likely to lead to failure in the long term.

Maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of your overall health.

Medical conditions causing obesity

One of the first things our doctors address is whether there is an underlying health disorder that has weight gain (or weight loss) as one of its symptoms. Various endocrine or hormonal conditions need to be excluded; depression, polycystic ovaries, thyroid conditions, adrenal and pituitary conditions are some of the illnesses that are considered.

Lifestyle factors that can be modified

For some of us, the combination of a modern lifestyle along with a body that is adapted to dealing with food scarcity can make maintenance of a healthy weight difficult. Where lifestyle problems are the main contributor to a minor level of obesity, we can assist with identifying the problems and putting in place a program to keep moving forward with positive change.

Dietary changes

The old methods of restricting calories are notoriously ineffective in the long term, particularly in patients with high levels of obesity. We consider the metabolic effects of different types of food, with diabetic patients in particular often finding a dramatic improvement in blood glucose levels and body mass index with a tailored dietary program.

We don’t believe in “diets” – rather, a long-term lifestyle and dietary program tailored to the individual. Furthermore, if this is not enough to achieve the best health results possible, we can give an informed, balanced opinion about the benefits and risks of leaving the non-surgical program.


Exercise and activity are a part of a healthy life. When you find exercise difficult or painful, or just don’t know where to start, we can help. Whether you want to maximise the benefits from your weight loss efforts, or minimise the chance of injury when starting to exercise, we can team you up with the appropriate sports physiology or physiotherapy practitioner.

Intragastric balloon


Although not a long-term treatment for obesity, an intragastric balloon is a great option for some people. With no incisions and no permanent changes to the body, it is completely reversible and does not interfere with other options in the future.

The intragastric balloon is placed endoscopically – with a flexible telescope, under a light anaesthetic – and stays in place for six months, as part of a twelve-month treatment program.

It is best suited for slightly to moderately obese people or those aiming for a short- to medium-term weight loss goal. It can cause significant discomfort and heartburn, particularly in the first few days, however it does not carry the same risks as weight loss surgery.

Find out more about an intragastric balloon

Find out more about an intragastric balloon

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