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World Obesity Day 2017 – Weight Loss Surgery India – Asian Bariatrics

Eleventh October is observed as the world obesity day every year to raise awareness and address issues related to the epidemic of obesity which is rising at an alarming rate world over. This year the theme is ACT NOW TO AVOID THE CONSEQUENCES LATER.

India has a growing obesity problem with rising middle class income, availability and easy access to processed food and sedentary lifestyle. Today with 20.7% of its females and 18.6% of its male population SUFFERING FROM OBESITY AND OVERWEIGHT, it ranks third in the world only after the US and China in obesity. Obesity as we know is not only about appearance but is responsible for numerous disease including diabetes, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, heart disease, liver malfunction, stoke and paralysis, sleep apnea, hormonal imbalance infertility and pregnancy complications and even certain cancers like the breast, uterus and colon. The genetic predisposition of Indians towards abdominal obesity, diabetes and heart diseases puts them at a higher risk for obesity complications. Treating it timely helps cure or control these complications. Thus treating obesity timely, the slogan ACT NOW, is very important for us.

For a rapidly developing economy like ours which is battling with paradoxical issues of under-nutrition and obesity, preventing the conditions are much more cost-effective than treating their complications. Preventing obesity today would require the following:

(1). Public awareness about obesity and its consequences across all age groups especially among growing children and young adults. The awareness and insistence on healthy choices should be addressed at the school level.
(2). Improve the food environment to ensure that healthier food options become more easily available to public. Increase their awareness about unhealthy food choices, their contents and consequences.
(3). Improve the layout of local living spaces and public places like gardens etc making them support physical activities.
(4). A healthy lifestyle should be marketed, advocated and endorsed by public figures to raise public awareness.

When unable to prevent obesity, its timely treatment becomes essential. So in order to follow this year’s theme of ACT NOW we would require to do the following:

(1). Recognize that obesity is a disease and not just a cosmetic issue. In fact it happens to be the root cause of numerous diseases.
(2). Educate the public about the treatment options available, like conservative means through lifestyle modifications and surgical therapy.
(3). Dedicated centers with multidisciplinary teams to treat people affected with obesity.
(4). Comprehensive follow up services for people on weight loss regime and those who have lost the excess weight to help them maintain the weight loss.
(5). Insurance coverage for obesity treatments. A few companies in India and the CGHS now recognize obesity as a disease and have started covering it in our country but a lot needs to be done.

Obesity is measured by body mass index (BMI). World over, a BMI of over 25kg/m2 is considered overweight but the ministry for health and family welfare along with the Indian Council for Medical Research has lowered it for Indians to 23kg/m2 considering our predisposition to obesity and its complications. As we are a more vulnerable population the theme of the world obesity day to ACT NOW  is a warning bell for us. Healthier choices are available, we need to be wiser. For the treatment part we have numerous qualified professionals for diet and exercise training to help us. India is considered one of the best destination for weight loss surgery with accredited and standardized dedicated centers for obesity surgery here and we have numerous patients coming from all over the world for it. Let us then decide to ACT NOW, prevent it or treat it but get rid of it timely before its too late. Let us all  for once be on time….

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Dr Sanjay Patolia is one of the most experienced and eminent obesity surgeon of India – the recipient of Surgeon of Excellence Award from SRC USA. He is also the co-founder and promoter of Asian Bariatrics, Asia’s largest dedicated center for Bariatrics & Metabolic Surgery.


Things to Consider When Planning Medical Tourism for Bariatric Surgery in India

Medical Tourism in India is a diversified enterprise managed professionally by a large number of segments including a panel of expert surgeons, travel & tourism services and cost-effective health care. It is one of the fastest growing sectors in the country with annual growth rate of 30%. Its reliability can be easily noticed as a large number of hospitals and medical care centers are connected to it. Foreigners come here and get the best treatment facilities along with the vivacious holidays. People from different regions of world prefer India to get their treatment done with the peace of mind. World class hospitals and specialized doctors show their expertise in various surgeries such as Dental care, heart surgeries, eye surgeries, knee replacement etc. Apart from these machine surgeries, traditional Ayurvedic treatments are also gaining popularity. That is why people across the world consider Medical Tourism in India as the best option.

World Health Organization (WHO) gave the data from recent survey done worldwide that around 300 million people across the globe are suffering from obesity. One who suffers from obesity has high probability of having chronic diseases which includes hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes etc. Medical tourism for Bariatric surgery in India is the prime option to find the best Obesity Centre in India. There are many reasons of obesity including high calorie intake, less energy utilization or both. It is crucial to know which obesity centre is opt for the treatment. The primary step is to calculate the Body Mass Index and then accordingly it is analyzed which treatment is required. BMI calculation is followed by identification of cause of obesity.

Medical tourism for Bariatric surgery in India offers several packages which include highly specialized surgeons and it is quite necessary for the patient to know about the surgeon so that there is no lack of communication and all the pre surgery and post surgery circumstances could be discussed for best surgery results. Another important thing to be kept in mind while going for Bariatric surgery in India is to check out the facilities and infrastructure of hospitals that is given in the medical package. Once the surgery is done successfully, follow up care should never be left unfocused. Bariatric surgery hospital in India has got integrated medical support staff which is highly focused in taking care of patients who have gone through Bariatric surgery in India. They keep in mind to prevent complications post surgeries that may be weight regain, diseases related to obesity or nutritional deficiencies. For better post results, patient can fix appointments with the dietitian and respective surgeons who are extremely supportive.

Weight loss surgery in India has high success rate and thus people are more inclined towards it for the treatment. Sometimes after the complete treatment, patients are not bothered to collect documents and reports but it is very necessary to gather all the medical reports from Bariatric surgery hospital where surgery was conducted so that it could help in future consultation. Apart from all these things which should be taken into consideration is to get mentally prepared for the surgery. Through the physiological assessment that is conducted for weight loss surgery in India, the emotional and behavioral factors of patient are considered. Depending on this interview, it is decided if surgery should be done or not because it decides the successful rate of treatment. Therefore, one should be prepared well in order to get the best desired results.

Worldwide medical tourism is growing at the rate of 20-25% annually and India is a developing country which is showing the hard to believe growth rate in medical tourism. Here the same level of medications and treatments that are given in international hospitals at a highly expensive rate which common people cannot even afford is available at much lower rates. One can save a good amount of money if he goes for the medical treatment in India. Even according to data analysis if someone opts for the Bariatric surgical treatment over here he or she can save up to 65-90% which is the highest among the rest of the countries worldwide and a big achievement in itself. Many people who took the decision of visiting India for their respective therapies, surgeries or treatment got completely cured and now are living a much improved life.