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Obesity a Risk Factor, Next Only to Smoking

Published: 07th April 2015 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th April 2015 06:04 AM   |  A+A-

VIJAYAWADA: Obesity is a condition when the amount of fat stored in the body exceeds healthy limits, said Dr Nandakishore Dukkipati, chief surgeon & managing director, LivLife Hospitals and described obesity itself as a disease. He said there is a solution to obesity in the form bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery. A Q&A with the surgeon.

 

Dr Nandakishore Dukkipati.jpgQ. Why do some people need bariatric surgery?

A. Obese individuals are at a far greater risk than others of dying of obesity-associated diseases (such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, respiratory disease and others). Obesity accounts for more than 2,80,000 deaths annually in the United States; it will soon overtake smoking as the primary preventable cause of death, if the current trends continue. This trend is alarmingly rising in India. Weight-loss surgery can help the morbidly obese achieve long-term success.

Q. What is the difference between overweight and being obese?

A. By definition overweight is a body mass index (BMI) of 25-29 and obesity is defined as a BMI greater than or equal to 30.

Q. What are the various surgical options?

A. Adjustable Gastric Band, Gastric Sleeve and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. All these procedures can be performed in a minimally invasive fashion (laparoscopic). Choosing between the procedures involves many factors, including the patient’s preference and consideration of the patient’s eating habits. A final decision is best made after a discussion between the patient and the surgeon.

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