Can Your Peer Group Indirectly Make You Fat?

Out of all the choices we make, friends are the most amazing ones. A family beyond blood to fight and laugh with. They influence our lives more than we usually realize. Despite our differences, we come to terms to like and dislike movies, people and especially, the food. But does this mean that they can cause you directly or indirectly to gain weight more than usual? Are your chances of undergoing weight reduction surgery increases significantly?

The answer is yes up to a large extent. You will usually find that a friend circle shares food most of the time, especially in school and college days. If it is birthday dinner plan, one of your friend sticks with pizza, everyone ends up stuffing pizza as well. Thus, in a year, you consume these fast foods in much larger amount and frequency than you normally would.

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You will often find that friends belonging to the same peer are in a similar weight zone. Even if that is not true initially, later it eventually becomes so. Which means, if there are a couple of overweight or obese friends in your peer group, it is likely that after a year or so, you will become prone to gain weight considerably.

Psychology plays an important role in maintaining fitness. If you are surrounded by friends who are overweight or obese, your mind makes a picture that it is okay for you to be overweight or obese as well. Similarly, if your friends are very lean and thin, you are more careful to remain slim as well. In case, you are fat as compared to them, your mind triggers you intrinsically to lose weight as well.

That is why you would mostly find thin models to be friends with other professional model itself. Together, their motto of stay as thin as humanly possible remains intact and effective.

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Well, this does not imply that you should abandon your friends just because they fall on the wrong side of the measuring tape. Instead, try to adopt healthy habits together, such as switching to a low card diet on get-together and joining gyms. if everything falls apart, you still can opt for weight reduction surgery in India.

OBESITY IS NOW A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC!

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Evolution in public convenience has paved way for easy access of varied cuisines and delicacies from all around the globe straight on the center table present between the comfortable over-sized couch and the television. With chunk of fat mass bulging from all possible area of the body, the biological machinery is deteriorating with a bold and evident invitation to multivariate diseased state including diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and of course, the mother of all –OBESITY.

Causes of Obesity

The gradual change in the metabolism starts at an early stage and once the threshold arrives, the possibility of reversal through physical and non medical procedures start failing. Trials through various modes include starvation, over exercising and availing health services granting magical results yield disappointment and lead to a steep fall in the graph of a healthy life. Depression, mood swings, low self esteem are the mental challenges followed by stagnancy in locomotion and physical disabilities restricting in normal pattern of life.

Obesity

With advancement in technologies, Bariatric Surgery is emerging as a popular technique to combat the above mentioned issues. It involves a simple change in the human digestive pathway and brings in metabolic changes which lead to restriction and malabsorption of food and nutrient not required by the body. The major benefits of bariatric surgery are:

  • It is a painless and scar-less procedure performed laparoscopically
  • It requires minimal hospital stay of 48 to 72 hours post surgery.
  • Co morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis have a significant resolution.
  • Simple activities like walking can be conducted immediately post surgery
  • It yields a long term sustained result by providing an excess body weight loss of 60 to 80%
  • A complete new life can be earned through this procedure

Gastric Bypass

Being practiced all around the globe, the most common procedures include Sleeve Gastrectomy, Roux n Y Gastric Bypass and Mini Gastric Bypass. The choice of these procedures varies from individual and is assessed on several criteria including age, gender, lifestyle habit, food consumption pattern etc.

Mini Gastric Bypass

With obesity being a global challenge, techniques of revival and restoration of human mechanism is escalating through Bariatric Surgery. A wise decision to correct obesity and halt the upcoming co morbidities can contribute to a healthy fit and disease free body. Myths are notions about weight loss surgery must be busted, strictly through professionals. With obesity being a plague, life after getting rid of it will definitely be ranked better and will be superior due to the added energy, enthusiasm and zeal for life. A day without a step towards proper treatment is indeed a day wasted! An opportunity bestowed for a new life must be sleeked for.

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10 Foods You Need To Remove From Your Diet Chart Right Now

You may have heard a number of times, ‘You become what you eat’ in your life. But if you look closely, you can relate it as well. We can control what we stuff our mouths with, but we cannot control what it will stuff in our belly in turn. People opting for weight reduction surgery in increasing day by day. So, if you have ‘weight loss’ in your wish list, then remove these food items from your diet list.

1. White Bread

Let’s start with breakfast, the most staple breakfast for numerous individual is bread, mostly white ones. What is so bad about it? Well, it is highly refined and usually loaded with added sugar for binding it together. Also, it has a high glycemic index and elevates your blood sugar.

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2. Fruit Juices

Now it may startle you as you have heard your entire life that eating fruits is good for health. It is, but once it is transformed to juice form, it loses several of its properties, particularly fibers. The packed and bottled juices often contain huge amount of sugar and are highly processed. In fact, it contains only minute traces of whole fruit.

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3. Pizza

It has become a trend to have pizza over meeting with friends, especially among young individuals. It contains an extremely high amount of calories. Commercialized pizza is made with processed meat and refined meat, which makes it very unhealthy. If you can’t resist the temptation of pizza entirely, then go for homemade pizza instead.

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4. French Fries

Eating whole boiled potato is healthy, but once it is processed, it is extremely opposite. Let it be French fries or potato chips, it is not an ideal snack. Also, once it is in these snacks form, you lose the count and end up eating in bulk.

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5. Candies

All candies are stuffed with refined flour and added sugar, which makes it high in terms of calories. These are available in every store to lure you, so beware before buying these.

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6. Heavy Consumption of Alcohol

Drinking wine in moderate amount is good for health, but heavy consumption of alcohol, especially beer can make you gain weight.

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7. Food loaded with Sugar

Several breakfast options you get nowadays are filled with sugar. Food manufacturers often add lots of sugar in the fat free labeled food items to compensate for the taste lost due to removing fat. These food items are high in calories, yet not very filling. Thus, you end up eating a lot of it.

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8. Caffeine Drink

One of the main components of several drinks available is caffeine. In a short term, these can boost metabolism and thus cause fat burning, but in a long run, the added ingredients such as sugar and cream negates these effects and does more harm than good.

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9. Ice Cream

Munching these yummy food is okay once in a while. Repeated consumption can actually lead you towards the unhealthy side of life.

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10. Confectionaries

No matter how tempting these are, eating in large proportion can make you fat to a point when you need weight reduction surgery. Have a control over your tongue.

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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.

Obesity

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.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

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.

Laparoscopic Obesity Surgery

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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Obesity & Diabetes – How Is Obesity Interlinked To Diabetes?

There was a time when obesity was considered as an illness of aged people usually more than 50 years. Though the likelihood does elevates along with age factor, today even younger individual aging less than 30 are also becoming susceptible to it. According to doctors performing weight loss surgery in India, close association has been found between obesity and diabetes. Especially the accumulation of fat around abdominal region is known to trigger diabetes mellitus type 2.

Obesity and Diabetes

Though the exact cause for onset of diabetes is not entirely known, being obese or even overweight, significantly increases the chances of having it. An individual above ideal weight (BMI more than 30) is 80 percent more likely to get affected with it as compares to an individual with ideal body weight (BMI less than 25).

There are three ways in which obesity can trigger diabetes type 2-

1. The inflammatory response

The excessive abdominal fat leads the fat cells to secrete a chemical substance called ‘pro-inflammatory’. This causes hindrance to the body responsiveness towards the insulin produced by pancreas. With time the body loses its ability to respond to insulin, and reach to a diabetes mellitus type 2, and the stage is called ‘insulin resistance’.

2. The ER suppression

Obesity also results in stress in the cellular membrane known as ER (Endoplasmic Reticulum), which makes the ER to suppress the insulin receptor signals. Thus causing insulin resistance.

3. The metabolic function hindrance

Obesity also trigger severe changes in the metabolic function of the body. These causes the adipose tissues to release its fat content in the blood stream. This condition for a prolonged time period can induce insulin insensitivity and finally insulin resistance.

How can diabetes be prevented along with obesity?

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by consuming balanced diet and regular exercise can assure a good health and can keep obesity and diabetes at bay. But once one becomes affected with it, dieting and exercise does not remain the most feasible solution due to several factors. Weight loss surgery in India remains the most effective solution for the same.

Diabetes Treatment

It is a surgical approach by which the digestive system of the individual is altered and thus it enables him to lose significant weight loss in considerably short time period. Moreover, it also enables the individual to get rid of several associated disorders such as diabetes. A reduction of 5 percent of overall body weight leads to 50 percent lesser risk of having diabetes mellitus type 2.

Why India Ranks As The Third Most Obese Nation In World?

India is a country of diversified culture and tradition. It has always stood with an unique image in global platform. But recently it is standing shoulder to shoulder with nations like USA and China in terms of obesity. USA contributes 13 percent of entire obese population in the world. The statistics become 15 percent including China and India.

According to esteemed obesity surgery doctors, in the race of this illness, India is in the third position with 30 million obese population. The number of obese has increased from 857 million to 2.1 billion, which is one third of total world population, in just past three decades.

Obesity People

If we look back to a few decades ago, the term ‘obesity’ was considered as an illness only rich people can ‘afford’. The first picture that came to mind was a very chubby (and wealthy) kid engulfing highly fatty food. But today, the scenario had changed drastically. Being overweight or obese is something almost anyone can afford.

If we look closely to the socio-economic condition of our nation, we roughly have 270 million people barely surviving below the poverty line. Under such circumstances, obesity does seem like an irrelevant issues, isn’t it? Well, not according to the studies conducted, almost one in every five adults in India is either obese or overweight (proceeding gradually towards obesity).

So how does India manage to have ranks in both malnutrition and obesity? Since past several decades, the socio-economic status had improved. In truth, an individual no longer need to search very thoroughly to have high fat content food. The availability of junk food is almost everywhere. Also the individuals had developed taste for these in contrast of their traditional food.

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Sometimes, it is observed that due to less income, an individual cannot afford to consume adequate fruits and vegetable; and instead, stuff their stomach with heavy (usually unhealthy) food to satisfy hunger. Also following sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy practice of smoking and drinking also acts a cushion to develop obesity among people. Moreover, intervention of modern technologies and amenities has turned people lethargic and less active.

But how do we calculate obesity in India? The most widely employed method is BMI (Body Mass Index). Ideally an individual possessing BMI more than or equal to 30 is considered as obese, but since Indian genetics is more prone to this disorder, according to several obesity surgery doctors, the range that should be consider for overweight is between 23 to 24.9 and obesity is above 25.

Measuring Obesity