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Teenager is UK's youngest gastric band patient

A teenager who used to weigh 18 stone (115kg) and wear a dress size 26 has become the UK's youngest patient to be fitted with a gastric band.

Katie Hill, 14, travelled to a private clinic in Belgium for the operation with the support of her mother, Juliet, who has also had the procedure.

She told the BBC she had found the experience ''life-changing'.' Her mother said it had been a form of ''drastic'' action after a series of different diets failed to work.