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Published on October 26, 2021 by

With increase in lifestyle modifications and obesity, bariatric surgeries are slowly becoming a trend which people prefer.

Bengaluru: As per National Family Health Survey, there has been an increase in the number of obese cases by 21 percent in men and 20 percent in Women in the past 10 years in Karnataka. This has led to an increase in more and more people opting for bariatric surgeries. As per doctors in Fortis Hospital, Bengaluru, there has been an increase of about 40-50 percent surgeries being performed in the past 10 years.

Obesity leads to various diseases if ignored for a long period of time. These diseases include type two diabetes, hypertension, strokes and gallbladder diseases. For many these surgeries seem to be a way out of various diseases associated with it. Ripul Garg, a patient who has gone through bariatric surgeries said, “Earlier my weight used to be 157 Kgs, after surgery I got relieved. My sugar used to be high, around 350 and BP used to be 180-100. Operation was useful for me. Although it took some time, I had to stop eating food and had to go on a liquid diet but it was a relief.”

However, as per doctors, lifestyle modification is the first thing which should be considered for treating obesity. But these days instead of going for dieting and exercising, people are preferring surgeries which have become the easy way out. Many start complaining about their knees hurting due to increase in weight as well. Sana Thousia, a senior dietician at Fortis Hospital said, “There are many people who go through it because they cannot do dieting. They don’t want to go to gym. They are left with three options, knee replacement, bariatric surgeries or dieting and exercising. Out of the three, people opt for bariatric surgeries where they look slim.”

The surgery requires people to have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 and an obesity related condition, but people who are just overweight or grade one obese opting for it as per doctors and these surgeries are being done for cosmetic reasons these days.

Now easy availability of food and less physical exercises have led to people become more obese. The amount of fast food and junk food are being consumed more than ever. Dr. Murlidhar S Kathalagiri, Bariatric, Gastrointestinal and advanced laparoscopic surgeon said, “There has been an increase in the number of bariatric surgeries that has been happening, not only in India but across the world. Obesity has also increased. Availability of high calorie food and less physical exercise is a combination that is increasing obesity in urban population.”

Covid-19 has further added on to this already increasing trend with people staying at home and eating more. Sana Thousia, Senior Dietician advices people to avoid ready to eat foods and us food like rice, sugar, coconut, salt and oil in limitation.

Not only adults, but the younger generation is slowly facing the problems of obesity these days due to their lifestyle. This has led to an increase in the bariatric surgeries being performed coming with its own risks and advantages that cannot be ignored. While it may be a quick solution to the issue, life modification is the most important as per doctors.

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