‘30 mn Indians obese; 20% school-kids overweight’

Kolkata: About 30 million Indians are
obese and around 20 per cent of school-going children are
overweight, according to the National Family Health Survey

Prevalence of obesity is increasing in epidemic
proportions worldwide especially in developed countries, and
the problem in India is also increasing, the survey said.

Obesity raises the risk for type 2 diabetes,
hypertension, osteoarthritis, various types of cancers in
women like breast cancer and uterus cancer, menstrual disorder
and infertility and many more diseases, speakers attending a
workshop on Laparoscopic Bariatric surgery here said.

Despite various modalities of treatment, including
diet, exercise and drugs, it is `Bariatric Surgery` (surgical
procedures done for obesity) which induces permanent weight
loss, speakers at the workshop claimed.

Recent data on Bariatric surgery shows its effects on
glucose control soon after the procedure before a significant
weight loss is achieved, surgeons attending the workshop said.

Thirty patients of 18-58 years of age were operated
upon at ILS (Institute of Laparoscopic Surgery) hospital, Salt
Lake, the venue of the workshop, in the past two years.

"The preoperative weights were in the range of 89-115
kg...the patients lost an average of 9 kg in one month, 23 kg
in three months and 29 kg in six months after the surgery,"
the surgeons said.


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