Most teens are resorting to this very option. With increasing intake of junk food and horribly unhealthy diets, the number of obese kids between the ages 14-18 has increased three fold. And now they are resorting to the option of bariatric surgery.
Bariatric surgery or weight-loss surgery is a procedure wherein the size of the stomach is reduced — often by removing up to 90 per cent of the organ. The surgery reduces the quantity of food the individual can consume.Thereby helping them lose weight. Dr. H Chandalia, eminent Diabetologist, says “This surgery is very effective but there are restrictions like you can only drink a very small amount of water at a time which may cause discomfort. In a way these surgeries are just one way to impose the lifestyle changes which the patient could otherwise not inculcate”.
Where the average size of a teenager’s stomach is about the size of a football, post surgery it becomes the size of an egg. The after effects result in immediate rapid weight loss and the individual almost never has a full meal again.
Not a Standard Procedure
There are certain situations where the child’s health is at stake, like with high BP or type 2 Diabetes, where this surgery is the only option out. But it is being clubbed with a well balanced diet structure and psychotherapy; post the operation, to help the kids deal with their condition.
But it is not a permanent solution for losing weight as without a balanced diet and proper nutrition the person can gain weight again. For teenagers who are not dangerously over weight, and have no other complications, they should resort to safer and natural methods of weight loss. Most doctors are not even sure of the consequences of changing an adolescents’ digestive system like this. Many turn down all or almost all teenagers as they do not consider this option as viable for children, especially those that come at a very young age of 12 and 13. They suggest rigorous weight loss programs instead.
While this option may become increasingly popular, especially among those who can afford it, it seems most popular among those with horrible lifestyles and high junk food intake. So instead of waiting until it comes to the point of surgery, cut down on the unhealthy food and increase your activity levels!
Haven't you heard of thousand studies and papers dissecting obesity and weight gain? But here is one that talks about why some people do not gain weight no matter how much they eat. Being an anmoly in a world of overweight people, it will be interesting to know what exactly helps them stay in shape while others around them struggle to put off weight.
In BBC's Horizon documentary, they found 10 skinny people and put them on extremely high calorie diets with restriction on activity to observe how their bodies reacted to excess calories. The results were shocking while some participants put on weight, there were some, whose bodies increased their metabolism and they hardly put on any considerable weight, one participant whose body had rather than increased fat levels, had increased muscle mass. After the experiment, all the participants lost the excess weight without much efforts.
This convinced reasearchers that weight loss is not as simple as consumption of fats versus activty. There are lot of factors involved like- genetics, metabolism and psycological conditioning. They also found out that there is a biologically determined 'normal weight' that our bodies recognize and try to maintain by altering the metabolism and other functions.
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With obesity levels on the rise amongst children in India, a new study conducted by a Television channel (What’s On India) has found that the Idiot Box is a major contributor to kids becoming obese these days! The study found that most processed foods products were heavily advertising themselves on all children’s channels, leading to an upsurge in the demand for such products which contributed largely to the child’s obesity.
Another study conducted by the Diabetes Foundation of Indian found that the ads of processed food products, which were primarily targeted towards children, were responsible for boosting the demand of a product by up to 54%, which in turn explains the rising levels of obesity and early onset of diabetes amongst young Indians. The study found that Prime Time i.e. from 4-6 pm on popular children’s channels such as Hungama, Nickelodeon, Disney and Pogo saw a flurry of such ads. To quote a figure, the month of April alone accounted for a total of 44,887 processed food ads on these channels!
Nutritionist Hira Mahajan agrees with the study stating that children, who are being bombarded day in and day out with such ads, are bound to demand junk foods constantly, which can lead to lethargy diabetes and obesity….to read more click here
Childhood obesity is a fast rising problem in today’s children. While chubby and plump kids look really cute, this obesity poses a great number of health risks for the child when he/she grows up. The main risk factor being childhood obesity is a recurring problem and haunts the person through his adult life!
But according to recent reports, exercising when the baby is within the womb helps to control his weight. This is good news, as a large birth size points towards possible complications such as childhood obesity. However according to researchers from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, light to moderate aerobic exercises help in a modest reduction of the baby’s weight or smaller babies, without causing any other alterations in the maternal insulin resistance.
Maternal insulin resistance is very important in fetal development as it increases the nutrition availability to the fetus promoting a healthy and well developed fetus with a lesser chance of developing childhood obesity.
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“I have a cold, I should see a doctor”, “My left leg aches during the night, I should see a doctor”, “My left eye’s vision is blurred, I should see a doctor”….. the occasions might be different, but every time we feel we are going down with some or the other illness, it’s the Doctor we run to see!
But who’s seeing to the doctors?!
In a study conducted by the IMA’s(Indian Medical Association)Pune Chapter, it was found that the Indian doctors life span is only 55-59 years of age! An astounding 10 years less than the average life span of the general population in India! So what’s killing our doctors?
A sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, work pressure and stress are the culprits! Doctors, these days are found working long hours often juggling their own clinics along with their duties at hospitals. These balancing acts is creating stress and putting them under pressure, add a sedentary lifestyle to the mix and what you have is a potent recipe for disaster! A sedentary lifestyle is responsible for obesity and heart ailments amongst other things, a fact verified by statistics which single out cardiac arrest as the number one factor for causing deaths amongst Indian doctors.
Lack of activity compounded by a lack of exercise is leading to an alarming rise in the number of Indian doctors found suffering from various ailments. So the next time you visit your doctor for a health check up, ask him to get one for himself too!
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