Weight loss surgery is a revolutionary concept: Expert

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Hyderabad, May 22 (UNI) Surgical Gastroenterologist and Bariatric Surgeon, Dr Y Krishna Mohan, today claimed the weight loss surgery was a revolutionary concept for treating morbid obesity.

Addressing a press conference here, he said obesity was considered to be the link between insulin resistance and metabolic abnormalities inclusive of diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidaemia, all of which were risk factors for coronary artery disease.

Over 70 per cent of hypertension cases among males and 61 per cent among females was attributed to excess adiposity.

Obesity had now become huge health problem in developing countries, particularly in India which was currently experiencing a rapid epidemiological transition.

Dr Mohan claimed that changes in diet, coupled with increasingly inactive lifestyles, had sparked off an epidemic of obesity in several Asian countries.

''The risk of obesity in India is the highest in the 20 per cent of population that consumes 80 per cent of visible dietary fat,'' he said, adding that school surveys conducted in Indian cities showed that 30 per cent of adolescents from India's higher economic groups were overweight.

He said a study involving 12,000 children showed that 80 per cent of their leisure time was spent watching television or on indoor games.


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