Understanding Obesity

Are you struggling with obesity? You are not alone… according to Monash University 14 million Australians are overweight or obese. In fact, the prevalence of this condition has more than doubled in the last 20 years and obesity has now overtaken smoking as the leading cause of premature death and illness in Australia. Obesity is now the single biggest threat to public health in this country.

What is obesity?

It is the condition of excess body fat which may be the result of various factors.

Why is obesity so dangerous?

Obesity is known to be closely linked with a number of other very serious medical conditions. These are just some of the medical problems that are likely to result in patients who are obese…

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Bowel cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Infertility and polycystic ovaries
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Adult onset asthma
  • High cholesterol
  • Depression
  • Heartburn and reflux
  • Blood clots

What advancements have been made?

Fortunately, there have been some significant medical developments in this area and we now understand a great deal more about this disease and how best to treat it.

In recent years, obesity has been recognised as a serious medical condition. Scientists have linked the incidence of obesity with certain genes which predispose an individual to this condition. This has proven that obesity is not a disease resulting from weakness, or the daily food or lifestyle choices of the sufferer.

In fact, obesity is a chronic health problem that requires lifelong management.

What role does weight loss surgery play?

Weight loss surgery now plays a pivotal role in the treatment of obesity. Why? Because, quite simply it works. There is now a variety of different surgical weight loss solutions available to patients considering weight loss surgery. You should consult with a Specialist Bariatric Surgeon to determine which one is right for you.

Surgery, however, is only one piece of the puzzle. Look for a Specialist Obesity Surgeon who can provide pre and post-operative support from both a physical and psychological perspective.

Ideally, your Bariatric Surgeon will adopt a multidisciplinary team approach involving a psychologist and a dietitian to help guide and support you while you prepare and adapt to the changes in your body, diet and lifestyle.

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