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Obesity : Busting It With Surgery

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Obesity is a medical condition which occurs when a person has accumulated enough body fat that it poses a serious threat to his well being. Anyone with a body mass index ( a statistical measurement derived from the height and weight of an individual) above 30 is considered to be obese. Obesity not only hinders the normal functioning of the body but also affect the mental state of a person. It has become a very common and often ignored ailment in developing countries like India. As many as 10 million new cases of obesity emerge every single year in the country.

The causes of obesity are multiple but most of them can be controlled by our efforts. Some of the most common causes of obesity are :

Calorie Consumption

The amount of calorie we tend to consume every day is on a constant rise. With our busy schedules, we get easily pushed towards the convenience of fast food, ready to eat and processed food. However, with the rising awareness you can get various healthy food options to choose from in the market.

Inactive lifestyle

Our jobs have become desk bound with the recent rise of technology and machine have taken care of even our simplest chores. Meanwhile, the world of social media and idiot box has us glued to our couches. This sedentary lifestyle makes us gain fat faster than we can even think to burn it.

Medication

Certain diseases need to be treated with such medications that leave us with layers and layer of unbearable fat.

Genetics

Leptin is a hormone which signals our brain to consume less food when the body is brimming with fat. Genetics affect the regulation of this hormone. A disturbance in lepton content makes us overeat which causes obesity.

Psychological factors

People often respond to emotion disbalance like stress, misery, anger, and boredom with excessive eating. This is called binge eating which has become one of the main culprits for obesity. Snacking twice or thrice on fruits, salads and nuts is a healthy alternative to binge eating.

Although nothing can beat the effectiveness of a healthy lifestyle, balanced diet and regular exercise, surgeries often prove to be the last resort.

With the development of medical science, weight loss surgeries can reduce as much as 25% to 90% of excessive body fat safely. Your doctor can perform any of the surgeries – like gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy, mini gastric bypass, gastric bypass, biliopancreatic diversion or metabolic surgeries – on you depending upon your condition and what’s suited best for you.

Obesity surgery cost in India ranges anywhere from Rs. 4,00,000 to Rs. 7,00,000. The cost involved in these surgeries are priced much more reasonably in India as compared to other countries. However, most health insurances do not cover the cost of weight loss surgeries yet.

These surgeries are absolutely safe with hardly any side effect. However, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle with balance diet and regular exercise to maintain the results or else you will return to your obese self in no time.