Nearly 30% of the world’s population i.e. 2.1 billion people are either obese or overweight. The numbers are staggeringly high at 650 million for people suffering from morbid obesity i.e. a BMI of 37.5 and above. Contributing to multiple diseases of the heart and mind, morbid obesity continues to be a major factor in hampering the physical as well as psychosocial growth of a person.
Doctors all over the world recommend Bariatric surgery for morbidly obese patients as they cannot lose and/or maintain their extra weight. By limiting the stomach’s capacity & producing some hormonal changes in the body, the surgery facilitates significant weight loss along with dramatic improvements in the cardiovascular risk, diabetes, PCOD, sleep apnoea etc.
However, one must keep in mind that obesity is a chronic disease and followed by a successful surgery, a healthy lifestyle is essential.
The surgical outcome is dependent on adherence to regular follow-ups with the surgeon & his team. High protein diet, physical activity and supplements etc., play an important role in maintenance.
Surgical reasons for weight regain like dilatation of the pouch or stoma are extremely uncommon.
Certain patients return to habits like alcohol abuse, which can limit the benefits of Bariatric surgery. It is crucial to have a support system among family, friends or weight loss surgery support group to help stay focused on the goal to maintain optimum weight. A patient can discuss their food urges and intake capacity with their bariatric program to maintain weight.
With a weight-loss surgery, maintaining weight is possible. Maintaining a healthy BMI is not just to improve your body image, but also to ensure a healthy lifestyle.