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Virinchi Hospitals launches exclusive obesity clinic to manage obesity in Hyderabad

Hyderabad 09th October 2018: Virinchi Hospitals launches exclusive obesity clinic to manage obesity in Hyderabad in a holistic manner. Obesity is reaching alarming proportions in India and particularly Hyderabad. Do you know that 1 in 2 women & 1 in 3 men in Hyderabad city are overweight or obese? This might shock you, but this is what the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS) has found out. Not just that, our future generations are at bigger risks. Already 1 in 5 children in southern metros are obese, leave alone overweight.

Status of Obesity in India& Hyderabad(Source: NFHS survey)

According the NFHS survey, obesity has doubled in India in the last ten years, with more than 26% (urban men) & 31% (urban women) already overweight or obese. While Telangana on an average is performing better than other states, Hyderabad has a skewed obesity problem. “In Hyderabad city, 1 in 2 women & 1 in 3 men are overweight or obese. This is a cause for serious concern” said Dr Krishna Mohan a leading bariatric surgeon at Virinchi Hospitals.

Causes for Obesity in India

The causes of obesity in India are the same as the rest of the world: sedentary lifestyle, excessive intake of calories than required, lifestyle-related factors & socio-culture factors. Availability of food on apps, Hyderabadi’s love for Biryani can be the other factors causing obesity in Hyderabad.

Child Obesity in Metros

India is home to the second highest number of obese children, after China. India has over 1.5Cr obese children. In southern metros, more than 1 in 5 children are already obese, not just overweight. The most common causes for childhood obesity are genetic factors, lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of these factors. Only in rare cases is being overweight caused by a medical condition such as a hormonal problem.

Obesity Management

Obesity management included lifestyle changes, medication or surgery. The main treatment of obesity is diet and physical exercise. Dietary programs can cause short-term weight loss,  but this weight loss is often difficult and exercise and low-calorie diet requires a permanent part of a person's lifestyle. Success rates of long-term weight reduction management with lifestyle changes range from 2 to 20%. A weight loss target of 5% to 10% of the current weight of the person in six months in recommended.

The most effective treatment for morbid obesity is bariatric surgery. Surgery for severe obesity is associated with long-term weight loss and decreased overall mortality.