Is the Invention of Cell Phone a Contributing Factor for Obesity?

Technology is no doubt the backbone of development of mankind. It has helped us to evolve from the Stone Age to the age of the internet. But not all the inventions that man made, did not end up giving positive results. One of such notable invention is a cell phone. According to obesity surgery doctors, with increase in use of cell phones, the number of overweight and obese people also increases significantly. Yes, childhood obesity has been the part of the survey as well.

At first, it was a huge help in the form of communication wizard. After it became an everyday gadget, several things changed, drastically. Gradually, it began to replace lots of essential commodities around us, such as notepad, post, radio, watches, alarm, calendar and lastly our health.

Is the Invention of Cell Phone a Contributing Factor for Obesity?

How it is indirectly making us fat?

Earlier, before cell phones became commercialized, people used to go to visit friends or family to have their discussions. Cellphones mitigates the need for mobility every now and then. The additional features such as internet access and games made these gadgets more of a vital commodity rather than convenience.

Instead of exercising, or at least doing some physical activities, most of the people rather spend time on their phones. In fact, even kids these days have access to the smartphones. At the age when they should be spending time with friends in parks and on the dollhouse, they dress barbies and decorate gardens in the virtual world.

Speaking on the account of food, cell phones has its contribution in it as well. How? Let it be a restaurant or home, people eat with their right hand while playing games on the phone with their left one, or the vice versa. Anyways their focus is more on the phone than on the plate.

Is the Invention of Cell Phone a Contributing Factor for Obesity?

As a result, it is not surprising that they lose track of what they are eating. After all, when eating becomes simply chewing, for day after day, it leads to severe nutrition imbalance and obesity is merely one of them.

Cell phones have now become a necessary evil. Literally, we cannot be a part of this era without a cell phone. Even though it is not possible to eliminate it completely out of life, it is very important to limit its influence on our lives. Obesity surgery doctors recommend to dedicate at least 30 minutes each day to exercise and keep cell phones away during meals.

Don’t be a dumb person owning a smartphone! Stay healthy, stay happy.

Why Liposuction May Not Be Very Effective In A Long Run?

Sitting in one and a half seats instead of one is not fancied by most of the people. It is illogical to doubt that obesity is challenging human race with every passing minute. In today’s world, age, race and ethnicity, has very little to do in this scenario. Undoubtedly, the statistics of fat loss surgery in India is on the rise.

When we talk about fat loss surgery, the first thing that comes in mind is the liposuction. But before one makes up their mind, few things must be cleared out first.

What is liposuction and how it is carried out?

Liposuction is a fat loss surgery for extracting fat out of the body. Usually it is done on an outpatient basis, but depending on the degree of fat extortion, it may be inpatient. The surgery begins with anesthesia. Whether it will be local or general entirely depends on the location and degree of fat removal.

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The surgeon marks the fat zones with a surgical marker from where the fat has to be removed. After anesthesia sets in action, a suction device is attached to a cannula, made up of stainless steel is inserted in the fat zones. The cannula is carefully penetrated between the skin and the muscle. The fat (along with a considerable amount of blood) is extracted out by the action of suction.

What are the shortcomings of this procedure?

After the completion of the procedure, the patient can experience a wide range of discomfort and complications. Swelling, skin perforation, bleeding, bruising, soreness and difficulty to stand/stretch properly are the most common ones.

Although liposuction sound medically a very smooth, feasible and compelling procedure, it is not very effective in the long run. It is done to achieve the goal of better body contour instead of losing overall body weight.

Liposuction does NOT guarantee of its effectiveness after the procedure. If the patient does not cautiously stick to the guidelines and put a toe out of line, their body can gain weight as early as six months itself after the procedure.

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Moreover, removing a huge proportion of fat in one sitting may possess additional complications to health as well.

Instead, other fat surgery options in India may be considered as alternatives. Weight reduction surgery or obesity surgery is one of the most effective ways to lose weight permanently. Options should be discussed with a doctor before making a final decision.

Obesity – Is Change In Food Choices A Reason For Obesity?

A lot has changed since the time of our independence. Some changes were towards the better end, but sadly, it cannot be said for every change that we have experienced. One of the major turnover almost every Indians has experience is the evolution of food on their plate. In terms of taste is only a mere envelop, if we look in depth, it suffered a drastic change in terms of nutrition as well. But is it a contributing factor for being overweight or obese? Is it the prime cause why a huge population is forced to undergo weight loss surgery in India, shortly since post-independence?

Let’s understand it in details before drawing any conclusions. Traditionally, an Indian meal consists of white rice or wheat roti along with dal, made with pulses or lentils and curry, with a variety of vegetables. Not only, it as freshly picked directly from the fields, use of various vegetables and fruits also contains almost every nutrition needed by our body. In a nutshell, it was a complete package of food that our body needs to function properly.

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So, what changed after independence? Well, a lot to be precise. Gradually the borders between nations dropped significantly for the business to establish beyond nations. On one hand, it provides ample opportunities in terms of employment, better establishment of communication and sharing of knowledge and technologies. On the other hand, the processed junk food has crawled and substituted a huge proportion of our regular diet.

These foods offer a different taste as compared to our staple food. Thus, several individuals got attracted towards it to try. Eventually, it had become a sort of addiction. These foods contain a much higher calorific value as compared to our traditional food. Having this, once in a while is not harmful, but having it as a substitution food is not wise at all.

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Most of these junk food uses a particular recipe and thus, you end up eating the same stuff over and over again. In doing so, you are eliminating every other vegetable and its nutrients altogether. Which in a long term may cause deficiencies of these particular nutrients. Also, almost all these junk foods contain gigantic proportions of fat, and eating them repeatedly causes being overweight or obese.

Thankfully, you can opt for weight loss surgery in India, to get rid of these additional weights and enjoy your life to fullest.

How Being Overweight Or Obese Makes You More Susceptible To Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a medical condition is which the individual suffers joint pain in the hands, hips, knees, neck and back. With time, the joints of the body experiences wear and tear. Thus, these joint problems are not unusual to find among aging people. However, since past few decades, younger people are also becoming a prime target for this disease.

One of the primary contributing factors for the same is obesity. Obesity is another medical condition characterized by accumulating excessive body weight. The degree of being overweight is measured in terms of Body Mass Index, more commonly known as BMI. Obesity surgery in India is performed to address the conditions of the people whose weight falls beyond the normal limits. The close association between these two conditions have been found.

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Apart from just knees, gaining weight causes much more pressure on the joints of the body. This usually happens due to the possible breakdown of cartilage near the joints. Let’s understand it more clearly by a small, everyday example. While standing, the joints (say knee joint in particular), experience the pressure of the body weight. While walking this pressure increases even more approximately between three to six times.

In case one gains weight, the calculation keeps on multiplying exponentially. In fact, gaining merely 10 extra pounds, increases the pressure on the knees by 40 to 60 pounds. Though, osteoarthritis can be a result of several other factors as well. Being overweight or obese is one of the prime factors for the same. The risk of having some kind of osteoarthritis, especially knee joint enhances by nearly four times in case of women and about 5 times in case of men as compared to individuals with ideal body weight.

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Now, if increasing weight increases the chances of osteoarthritis, then is the converse statement is equally true? Losing weight does ensure more healthy conditions of joint pain. In fact, losing even a tiny amount of weight will reduce the risk of possible osteoarthritis in the future. Thus, maintaining one’s ideal weight is recommended to have a healthy and fit life. It is easier to say rather doing. But fortunately, with the help of obesity surgery in India, now losing weight is much simpler.

A well-qualified panel of doctors and nutritionist is recommended for the individuals who are suffering from obesity to regain their ideal body weight.

Lap Band Surgery – What, Who, How & Where?

Being overweight is a lot more serious threat than anticipated. It brings several other complications as add- ons. Thankfully, with the help of advanced medical approach, now losing weight is rather convenient. Adjustable gastric band is one of such weight reduction surgery methods. Let’s understand various aspects of it.

What is an adjustable lap band?

Adjustable gastric banding or simply lap band is a surgical method to achieve significant weight loss of the body by the means of making the stomach smaller. It is done by tying an inflatable band to the stomach and limiting the amount of food intake.

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Who are qualified to have it?

Just like any other surgical procedure, this weight reduction surgery technique cannot be done solely based on an individual’s or a doctor’s will. In order to qualify for undergoing this procedure, an individual must possess BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 or more.

Though if someone is having a BMI above 30 accompanied by some obesity related health complications such as sleep apnea or osteoarthritis, then lap band technique can be executed. Several times, an individual is allowed to undergo it, only if other method of losing weight, such as diet control or exercise hasn’t yielded any desirable results.

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How is this procedure carried out?

An inflatable band is tied around the upper portion of the stomach. This band, made up of silicon, is not inflated during the surgery itself. But after a short duration, it is inflated by adding salt water. This divides the stomach into a larger bottom portion and a smaller pouch at the top. This small pouch is what stores the food as the person eats. Since the size of the stomach is reduced significantly, the individual feels full sooner than usual.

In long term, this results in much lesser consumption of food with full satisfaction (as it leads to fewer hunger pangs. And thus, the individual loses significant weight in comparably lesser time period. Moreover, with the help of a port, which is implanted just beneath the skin, the silicon band can be adjusted to make the pouch smaller or larger depending upon the needs of the individual.

This is a surgical approach in the world of bariatric surgery, in which no major or permanent change is made in the digestive system. In fact, this entire procedure can be easily reversed by removing the band.

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Where to go for the adjustable lap band method?

ILS Bariatric Care, a unit of the prestigious ILS group is entirely dedicated to help people suffering from obesity to achieve ideal body weight. It offers several bariatric surgery approaches suitable for an individual based on his needs and conditions.

Is Globalization Causing Obesity Worldwide?

We all have come across this term ‘globalization’ several times in our life. Some say it’s doing good to the world, while others argue in the against. The laparoscopic obesity surgeon says, it actually favors obesity. Let’s understand, what globalization is and how it plays a role in global obesity.

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So, what is globalization?

The intra and inter spread of technology, knowledge and capital among countries is called globalization. Almost every country is affected by culture, technologies and knowledge of other leading countries. The globalization has now extended up to health, treatment, education, fashion and even lifestyle. This global phenomenon has done both good and bad, particularly for health.

The good impacts of globalization – it has uplifted several people out of poverty by providing employment, thus reduced hunger, malnutrition and protection from infectious diseases. Overall, it has improved the quality of life.

The negative effects of globalization – the improved quality of life, access to junk food and advertisements in turn had increased the waistline of majority of people especially in the developing countries such as China and India.

The role of globalization in fattening the world

When an individual is considered, he/she gains weight mostly due to excessive consumption of fatty food and lack of physical exercise. But when we consider the big picture, the environment (especially food and activity) in which he/she lives, play an important role as well. It comprises of the following factors, primarily-

Food environment “influences what a person will eat”- what food is available at what cost, along with the how much influence has it on minds due to its marketing.

Built environment “influences how active a person will be”-the surrounding landscape, transportation and safety for carrying out physical activities.

Reach of technology “influences what choices a person will make”- the lifestyle, and its accessories such as TV, cars and home-delivery services that affect everyday activities.

Doctors who perform laparoscopic obesity surgery says, before globalization made its leap, people usually used to consume local and seasonal food and fruit, usually whole cereals and grains. After globalization, barriers between nations almost faded and several fast food companies of one nation introduced their chain of food hubs in various part of the world and comparatively at affordable price as well. These foods are usually highly processed and contains considerably more fat.

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After a few decades, the developing nations began to face another threat along with malnutrition, namely obesity. It is quite strange for both these extreme nutritional abnormalities to co-exist. In recent times, the global count of obesity is actually higher than that of malnutrition. With about one third of global population counting as either overweight or obese.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery – What, Who, How And Where?

In this slim and trim world, several times being obese is considered as a taboo. No one fancies to carry around extra weight in their belly, but sadly most of the people do very little to stop that from happening. The number of people suffering from obesity is on constant rise since 1990. Excessive consumption of fatty food and lack of physical exercise are the two prime reasons for the same.

Noticing the increasing percentage of obesity throughout the world, doctors have come up with various open and laparoscopic surgical approaches to help obese people get rid of excess fats. Out of the lot, gastric sleeve surgery is one of the most popular approaches that is recommended by the doctors.

So what is gastric sleeve method?

It is also known as vertical sleeve gastronomy. It is one of the laparoscopic obesity surgery technique to lose weight permanently. It is done by making changes in the digestive tract, namely the stomach in this case. This aims for a significant weight loss in a long run.

Who are eligible to undergo it?

This surgery cannot be solely done on a patient’s or doctor’s will. One must fulfill certain criteria to undergo it, such as:

1. The BMI (Body Mass Index) of the patient should be more than 40, or

2. The BMI of the patient should be at least 30 with one or more obesity related disorders such as diabetes mellitus type 2, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, cardiovascular diseases or high blood sugar/pressure.

Some obesity surgery doctors may also recommend it only when no other means of losing weight such as diet control or physical exercise had yield any significant result.

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How is it carried out?

This procedure is carried out by removing a large portion of stomach. Approximately 70 to 75 percent stomach is stapled along the larger curvature of the stomach, which is then cut and removed. The remaining portion of stomach is left intact, connecting to the small intestine.

How effective is VSG?

It is very effective as the smaller size of the stomach makes the individual full sooner than usual. Also the reduced stomach produces lesser hunger causing hormone ‘ghrelin’ than usual. Overall the individual craves less for the food and consumes less quantity. By following the doctor’s guidelines, this laparoscopic obesity surgery technique remains effective for a very long period of term, usually a lifetime.

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Where to go for gastric sleeve surgery?

ILS Bariatric Care offers safe and effective Gastric sleeve surgery for its patients. We, at ILS Bariatric care, prefer to carry out this surgery through laparoscopic approach, which employs special equipments and enable the doctor to perform safely through few small holes instead of a large incision. Our success rate is more than 90% and we ensure patient’s safety and satisfaction. Moreover, we are a certified experts in bariatric surgery under the accreditation of SRC, which is the world’s highest certification authority for metabolic and bariatric surgery.

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Gastric Bypass Method – What, Who, How, Where?

There are people who remains overweight or obese despite of their efforts at losing weight. For such individuals, undergoing bariatric surgery in Kolkata remains the only option to shed unwanted weight. There are several methods of bariatric surgery and gastric bypass is one of the most effective surgery approach.

What is gastric bypass?

It is also known as roux en Y method. It is being performed for over 20 years in several parts of the world. It is more preferred option especially for the individuals suffering from diabetes along with obesity.

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Who are eligible for this surgery?

In order to qualify for undergoing gastric bypass, the individual must atleast have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or 35 with one or more morbid condition associated with obesity. And especially if none of the other methods have worked effectively.

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How is it carried out?

The surgery initiates with making few holes on the abdomen. Through these orifices, instruments and camera is inserted inside the abdominal cavity. The stomach is divided and a small pouch is stapled in the top portion. The remaining portion of stomach is left intact inside the body. The small pouch is then re-routed to small intestine. After passing through the food pipe, the food gets stored only in the small pouch, from where it travels to the small intestine. The remaining of the stomach still produce digestive enzyme that meets with the partially digested food in the intestine.

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This is effective in both ways

Restriction- The amount of food intake gets limited as the size of the stomach is much smaller than original size. Also, the individual feels full sooner.

Mal-absorption- The amount of nutrients gets absorbed back by the body as the path of small intestine is reduced.

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Where to go for gastric bypass in India?

Make ILS Hospitals your one stop destination, if you are looking for a surgery approach that will last a lifetime. Modern medical approach and long experience makes us the perfect partner to lose weight. At ILS Hospitals, doctors prefer keyhole surgery, which is also known as laparoscopic surgery.

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Being almost bloodless, painless and scar-less operation method with faster recovery, this surgery is popular among both, doctors and patients. The number of patients who are having bariatric surgery in Kolkata with successful results are increasing gradually.

Why Dieting Is Not A Good Option To Lose Weight?

One of the widely used term in this figure conscious world is – DIETING; and 99.99 percent of the time someone is referring to dieting, they mean ‘weight loss’. Losing weight is highly related to reducing meal portions significantly by millions of people around the world. But, before you begin this ‘perhaps not going to work’ trial for yourself, take a moment to know why it is not a good option if you are aiming to lose weight.

Our body needs all of the nutrients such as – carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamin and mineral from food in adequate amount. Keeping a perfect balance between these is necessary to maintain a healthy life. Ideally, before changing diet on regular basis, proper guidance and consultation is recommended to keep this balance. But in reality, it is observed that most of the people make their own diet chart practically out of blue and eliminates several nutrients from diet completely and thus, this balance gets hampered severely.

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While following dieting regime, the mental state of the individual surrounds around only one thing that is FOOD – What to eat in breakfast, lunch and dinner. Resistance to avoid temptation to eat something but going for another item for a long time may actually result in mental depression. Also, the imbalanced nutrient contents lead to several health issues especially heart attack, diabetes and stroke.

Dieting yields temporary results for a time being, if left unchecked, the lost weight along with extra amount find its way back to body. Instead of making sudden changes, employing a small but steady step towards healthy lifestyle is much more effective in long run.

So, what can be done?

Doing adequate physical work along with proper nutrition is extremely important and act as the prime factor to lose weight. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is needed for a sound physical and mental health. However, for numerous people nowadays, obesity has become inevitable for several reasons. Instead of going for non-scientific dieting approach, opting for bariatric surgery in Kolkata is the best shot at getting rid of obesity. Though it does require few pre-requisites in order to qualify for bariatric surgery, the success rate of this surgical approach is extremely good.

Bariatric Surgery in Kolkata

Bariatric surgery in Kolkata is a surgical approach by which permanent changes are made in the digestive system and thus it remains effective in long run; that usually lasts a lifetime.

Criteria For Weight Loss Surgery – Is It an Ideal Solution for You?

It is always wise to know the per-requisite before making a major decision in life as they decide a great deal of factors. Same rules apply for bariatric surgery as well which is also known as in weight loss surgery in Kolkata. Just because you are aware of this surgery does not make you an ideal candidate for bariatric surgery, so it is important to know what factors qualify you for undergoing obesity surgery. But before that, at first it will be helpful to learn the criterion which distinguishes between ideal weight, overweight and obese.

Normal and abnormal body weight

The food that we consume gets stored in our body, which gradually converts into energy that enables us to work. With proper input and output of calories, you are ideally supposed to possess ideal weight. The problem arises when we fail to do adequate amount of physical activities and the body begins to store fat.

Measuring the body weight

The most widely accepted parameter for determining your ideal body weight is BMI (Body Mass Index). It is determined by dividing your weight by height. If the range exceeds 24.9, then you are overweight and the conclusion becomes obese if the result exceeds 30, which is further subdivided into obesity class I,II and III based on the BMI range.

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Associated complication with obesity

Several morbid condition such as sleep apnea, diabetes mellitus type 2, stroke, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, arthritis and infertility are closely associated with being overweight and obese.

Criteria for undergoing Obesity Surgery

If You are considering to undergo obesity surgery, you need to possess the criteria in order to qualify for the same. Your doctor will diagnose you thoroughly before giving you green signal to carry out this procedure. The following criteria are considered ideal for undergoing bariatric

  1. Your BMI must be at least 40
  2. Your BMI must be at least 35 with one of the morbid complications
  3. Your BMI must be at least 30 with two or more morbid complications.

Don’t strictly stick to the guidelines, cause the doctors may bend some rules as per your medical state and suggest when should you have this surgery. Remember every individual is unique and thus before jumping into conclusion regarding undergoing weight loss surgery in Kolkata, proper medical consultation is required.

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