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Being overweight increases risk of Diabetes 4 times
being Obese increases it by 20 times.

It is important to realize that Obesity is really a “DISEASE”. It is characterized by presence of excessive body fat. It increases the risk of a lot of other health problems that can affect your quality of life and reduce your lifespan. Often people think that they are heavy but they are otherwise healthy.

Obesity is like a “ticking time-bomb” waiting to explode. You might not have problems related to obesity today but they are just waiting to happen and they will happen, sooner or later. Good thing is that you can avoid them from happening by taking charge of your health. The age old saying of “Prevention is better than cure” still holds true here!

It is a serious health epidemic, just like diabetes. India is ranked 3rd in the number of obese people in the world. Now, with changes in lifestyle, it is seen in people of all age groups, from childhood to old age. So, anyone can be affected by it.

How do I know if I am at a healthy weight or not?

To find out if you are at a healthy weight or not, we look at your weight in relation to your height – this is called BMI (Body mass index). In general, for the Indian population, BMI of 23-27.5 is considered overweight. BMI > 27.5 is considered obesity.

Other parameter which is of importance is your body composition analysis. This is done by using Body composition analyzers which measure the proportion of the lean muscle mass and fat in your body.

This tells us about your body composition since not all weight is because of fat.

What are the health effects of excess weight?

Excessive weight has been found to be associated with numerous other medical conditions, some of which can be life threatening. We are seeing increasing number of young individuals with Stroke and Heart attack which has been attributed to increasing problems with Obesity in India. The most common obesity-related diseases include:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Infertility, PCOS
  • Certain cancers

There are certain other conditions like depression, low self esteem and other psychosocial problems associated with excessive weight. These problems are not quantifiable but they have significant impact on quality of life.

Why am I overweight or obese?

It is usually a combination of different factors like Lifestyle changes, Hormonal issues, Aging, Environment, Genetics, etc.

What can I do to loose weight?

Management of your weight has to be a very individualized approach. “One size fits all” does not work in effective management of your weight. It is important to seek help from a professionally trained individual. Usually a combination of lifestyle modification (to include behavior modification, exercise and diet modification) along with review of your medications and current medical problems is important. In addition to medical weight management, there is option of Bariatric Surgery which is increasingly being performed now and has been shown to help patients significantly. Medical weight management is an important component of Surgical Weight Management. It is important to understand that surgery can not replace the need for lifestyle modifications.

Please contact us for further enquiries regarding different methods of weight loss which would be suitable for you.