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Aster Obesity Clinic

Obesity is one of the major lifestyle diseases affected to all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity. Obesity could lead to other health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. Recent studies illustrate that almost 135 million people are affected by obesity in India and it is one of the major risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease (CVDs). Interestingly, the prevalence of obesity is more in people who reside in cities and have high socio-economic status. The Obesity Clinic at Aster Medcity, Kochi offers person centered treatment for obesity, the expert team comprises of Dieticians, Endocrinologists and Gastroenterologists.

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a complex disease characterized by abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat in body that may impair health. People who have obesity are prone to develop heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.

How obesity can be identified?

The ideal way to measure obesity is by calculating Body mass index (BMI) of a person. BMI is defined as a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (kg/m2). Increased BMI shows high body fatness. The BMI scale for adults given below,

What are the causes of Obesity?

The primary cause of obesity is the energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended. Overweightness is commonly caused by over eating and sedentary lifestyle. For instance, if you consume high amounts of energy, particularly fat and sugars, but do not burn off the energy through exercise and physical activity, much of the surplus energy will be stored by the body as fat.

Factors that can lead to obesity are,

  • Increased intake of energy-dense foods that are high in fat and sugars
  • Decrease in physical activity due to the increasingly sedentary nature of work
  • Environmental and societal changes associated with development
  • Lack of supportive policies in health, agriculture, environment, food processing and education
  • Diseases – Hypothyroidism, Chronic stress, Insomnia & Hypersomnia
  • Eating Disorders
  • Smoking cessation
  • Drugs

Do Genetic reasons cause obesity?

Genetic predisposition is one of the reasons for obesity, it is a well-known and currently proven fact. Around 43% of the general population is susceptible to become obese due to genetic factors.

What are the diseases associated with obesity?

There are several ailments associated with overweightness, an obese person has more chance to develop other disease conditions such as,

  • Cardiovascular diseases - Ischemic Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Insulin Resistance & Diabetes Mellitus
  • Dyslipidaemia
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea & Hypoventilation Syndrome
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease - NASH – CLD
  • Gallbladder disorders
  • PCOS & Infertility
  • Musculoskeletal disorders - Osteoarthritis
  • Cancers - Endometrium, Breast, Kidney, Liver, Prostate, Esophagus, Colon.
  • Psychological disorders.

The risk for these diseases increases with increase in BMI.

Is obesity curable?

Obesity is a progressive and relapsing chronic disease which can be either prevented or reduced by losing weight by following a healthy dietary pattern and regular regimen of exercise.

What are the treatments available for obesity?

The aim of the obesity treatment is to maintain a healthy Body mass index (BMI) to prevent many other diseases associated with obesity. Following a healthy dietary pattern and regular physical activity helps in sustaining overall health.

Non Surgical Options

Surgical Options (bariatric surgery)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is bariatric surgery?

It is a surgical intervention to promote weight loss by making changes to your digestive system. Decreasing the size of the stomach creates a feeling of fullness when you eat.

Is bariatric procedure safe?

Yes, it is relatively safe procedure with the help of cutting-edge modern technology and experienced medical team at Aster Medcity, Kochi

When to opt for bariatric surgery, am I the ideal candidate?

Bariatric procedures are suggested to you if other weight management measures are failed and you suffer from obesity related health conditions

Are there any side effects of undergoing bariatric surgery?

The side effects of bariatric surgery are relatively lesser compared to the health issues that you suffer from obesity. Some side effects may include general weakness, malnutrition, temporally hair loss. You can overcome these issues by following the guidelines from dietitian and doctor.

When should I be able to do exercise after bariatric surgery?

About 150 minutes of weekly exercises are suggested after the procedure, moderate activities like walking and jogging can be done depending on the individual’s health condition.

What are the diets to be followed after bariatric surgery?

Your dietitian will help you to follow an ideal dietary plan. Usually the diet includes foods rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, also it is important to manage the fluid intake to keep hydrated.

When would I be able to return to work after bariatric surgery?

Usually, it may take up to one to two weeks to return to work, depending on the type of procedure that you undergo.

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