Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Obesity - The Preventable and Treatable Epidemic

Obesity - an Epidemic that can be Prevented  


World Health Organization has categorized obesity as a world-wide epidemic. It is the fifth leading cause of global deaths.  Obesity has become a great concern among healthcare providers and policy maker’s across the world as it is an increasing cause of burden on healthcare system.  Considered a problem only in high income countries a few years back, obesity has now dramatically risen in low and middle income countries adding all the more burden to the healthcare system.

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Obesity has become an epidemic- however is treatable


 A few quick facts about Obesity:


  • Incidence of Obesity has doubled since 1980
  • In 2011, more than 40 million adults under the age of five were overweight
  • Obesity is the fifth leading cause of death in the world
  • More than 65% of the world’s population lives in countries where overweight and obesity kills more than underweight


The fact that OBESITY IS PREVENTABLE is the best and saddest part about it. The fact that Obesity is preventable and yet affects millions of people across the world and is a big burden on healthcare system, but the silver lining is that it is preventable and also TREATABLE

What is Obesity?


WHO defines obesity as excessive fat accumulation in the body to the extent that it poses risk to health.  A crude way to measure obesity is measurement of Body Mass Index (BMI)- a person’s weight divided by the square of his or her height. BMI of more than 30 is considered obese, while above 25 overweight.

Overweight and obesity pose a number of risks which include the following;

  • Diabetes, considered to be a slow killer and precursor of many other diseases
  • Heart diseases and Stroke- leading cause of death in 2008
  • Osteoarthritis and other degenerative bone disorders
  • Endometrial, Breast and Colon cancer
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The risk of these non communicable diseases increases with increase in BMI.

Treatment of Obesity


Obesity is preventable and it is easier to prevent obesity in the early stages. However at  a high BMI of 35 and above most of the people fail to treat obesity and reduce their weight without any medical help.

Weight loss surgery- Proven and Most effective way to treat Obesity

Weight loss surgery also known as Obesity or Bariatric surgery has proved to be the most effective way to treat obesity among people with BMI of 32 and above. Not only weight loss surgery helps shed off the extra pounds, it has proven to treat or even reverse various obesity related problems, various researches have concluded.

Weight loss surgery works in two mechanisms- Restriction and Mal-absorption. Restriction is by restricting the quantity of food that the stomach can hold and mal-absorption is by not allowing the body to absorb calories and nutrients which leads to weight loss.

There are various techniques to perform bariatric surgery which include:

Lap Band: An adjustable band is fitted around the stomach which creates a stoma of the stomach very small in size. The amount of food that the stomach can hold is quite restricted resulting in weight loss.

Lap Band was the most popular weight loss technique a few years ago because it is reversible and is least invasive, but owing to poor results and frequent requirement of adjustments, it is no longer advised by bariatric surgeons across the world.

Sleeve Gastrectomy: Sleeve gastrectomy is the most popular weight loss surgery technique now. Not only the surgery has proven to be effective in reducing weight, it has proven effective in treating various obesity related problems.

Gastric Bypass: Gastric bypass is the most effective technique to treat obesity in people with BMI of 40 and above or with 35 with co morbidities. It works on both restrictive and mal-absorptive mechanisms.

Cost of Weight Loss Surgery


The cost of weight loss surgery in UK, US, Canada, Australia and other western countries is too high as compared to the cost of weight loss surgery in India, which is the main reason why many people choose to come to India for the surgery.

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