In the developed and developing countries, obesity rates are increasing alarmingly, reaching an epidemic level.
In 1946, WHO in its constitution defined health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Thus, the modern concept of health also covers quality of life and health being one of its basic determinants. In all, it is learnt that Quality of Life (QOL) is determined by one's health status.
Obesity is a complex, multifactorial, chronic disease developing from interactive influences of numerous factors - social, psychological, behavioural, genetic and metabolic.
Obesity also gives the entry to various medical problems like heart diseases, diabetes, osteoarthritis, gall stones, cancer, hypertension, etc.
Dr. Manish Motwani, who is a leading Bariatric Surgeon in Mumbai says, "It being a major disease with multiple causes, multiple complications and multiple treatment options; grading the disease becomes important to give the right treatment for the right stage at the right time."
Obesity is graded or staged as per the Body Mass Index (BMI)
GRADES OF OBESITY:
GRADE 1: BMI 25 - 29.9
GRADE 2: BMI 30 - 34.9
GRADE 3: BMI 35 - 39.9
GRADE 4: BMI > 40 (MORBID OBESITY)
As BMI rises, health risks rise. For Lower BMI up to 30, diet and lifestyle modification play the key role, but as BMI rises to more than 30, options become limited and Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery or Bariatric Surgery may be the only way out.
Today, the world is accustomed to hearing about bariatric surgeries. In the words of a common man, it is a surgery in which the stomach is cut and stapled. This is done so that the person having excessive hunger, curbs his or her hunger pangs because the stomach cannot ingest and digest more.
Sounds dreadful, but isn't. Dr Manish Motwani, Bariatric Surgeon at 'Aastha Health Care', says, "Unlike common perception, bariatric surgery is actually a life-saving procedure, which not only helps obese patients live a normal and healthy life, but also improves the Quality of Life of the person. Considering the rising incidence of morbid obesity and a parallel rise in the requirement of bariatric surgery, this initiative will surely give a chance to people to lose weight and lead a normal, healthy and disease-free life."
A common man thinks often before taking any step related to health. But do they give one thought before eating a dosa at the stall on the road without hygiene? Definitely not!
Benefits of weight loss and staying healthy are tremendous. Stay healthy and keep all diseases miles away. With no cholesterol or blood pressure seen in the reports, one may have controlled sugar levels and there is high probability of getting rid of infertility problems. Thus, not only does one get weight loss, but relief from major life threatening health problems too.
So if one were to ask about the life of a patient after bariatric surgery, take a look at what Sarla Thakkar, a resident of Thane who reportedly went for bariatric surgery at 'Aastha Health Care' under Dr Manish Motwani 6 years back has to say. "Bariatric surgery has been a life-transforming surgery and I feel happy now. Apart from obesity; restriction in activity due to knee pains and breathlessness on exertion were a big setback in my daily life. I used to spend approximately Rs 6,000/- to 7,000/- a month, only on medicines, which was not very easy for me. Now the money is no more spent on medicines and it goes into saving. I am fit now and can perform and work 10 times more than before. I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol which have vanished like magic. I feel bariatric surgery has changed my life for the better."
Ending on a promising note, winning weight loss battles for health reasons isn't just one thing, it's the only thing.
About Aastha Health Care:
'Aastha Health Care' is a specialised Centre for Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery) at Mulund, Mumbai. With an experience of more than 15 years in Bariatric Surgery, this centre has become one of the leading centres in the country doing pioneering work in the field of obesity and obesity surgery. It is also a leading centre for medical tourism patients from across the globe landing in India for weight loss surgery.
'Aastha Health Care' and Motwani Charitable Trust have taken upon themselves the task of spreading awareness about obesity and obesity-related complications across the country.