APN News

  • Friday, March, 2020| Today's Market | Current Time: 05:14:44
  • Hyderabad:  Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Lakdi-Ka-Pul today organized a day-long event under the aegis of their Bariatric Support Group to educate people about the misconception behind weight loss surgery. Over 100 people had participated in this event and renowned Indian Play Back Singer Mr. SP Balasubrahmanyam was also present to share his learning’s and experiences of losing weight with the other participants.

    As part of the program various events were organized with patients who underwent bariatric surgery or who undertook a weight loss program at the hospital.The program also witnessed the participants sharing some of their experiences and their learning’s.

    “Around the world, more than one billion adults are overweight and about 300 million of them are obese. Obesity in India has reached epidemic proportions in the 21st century, with morbid obesity affecting 5% of the country’s population. India is following a trend of other developing countries that are steadily becoming more obese. Unhealthy, processed food has become much more accessible following India’s continued integration in global food markets.This is alarming and the time has now come to act else it might be too late,” Dr. K Ravindranath, Chairman, Gleneagles Global Hospitals said while speaking at the event.

    “All those who participated in the program today were once morbidly obese patients. But with the right kind of treatment at the correct time they were able to overcome their obesity related problems and are currently leading a healthy lifestyle. Also obesity can lead to other complications and can have dire consequences,” he added.

    According to the World Health Organization, morbidly obese people are those whose body mass index (BMI) is above 30 i.e. they are people who need to lose at least 30 to 40 kilos of their body weight to get relief from the negative effects of excess weight and the medical problems associated with it.

    “The fundamental cause of obesity and overweight is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended. People generally have increased the intake of energy-dense foods that are high in fat, salt and sugars but low in vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients. Also there has been a decrease in physical activity due to the increasingly sedentary nature of many forms of work, changing modes of transportation and increasing urbanization,” saidDr. K.S. Lakshmi, Senior Consultant – Surgical Gastroenterology, Minimal Access GI Surgery & Bariatric Surgery, GleneaglesGlobal Hospitals.

    “Ideally it is advised to an obese patient cut down the calorie intake by following a healthy diet and increase the body metabolic rate by exercise like walking, swimming, cycling, gym, yoga, aerobics, dancing and so on. In spite of this there will be a couple of people who may not be able to lose large amount of weight or are so physically disabled by their weight that they cannot do any form of physical activity but still need to lose weight. These are the people who benefit from a bariatric surgery,” she added.

    Apart from having an internally acknowledged bariatric program, Gleneagles Global Hospitals, through the Bariatric Support Group program aims to bring together the Hospitals’ specialists and patients currently suffering with obesity and those who have earlier overcome the problem. The Support Group during its meetings endeavors to help the patients understand and appreciate the various treatment solutions available to address obesity in a motivating and encouraging environment and educate people about the management of various entities in post-operative period like – healthy eating, care of spine and joints, respiratory, exercises, management of blood pressure and sugar control.