OBESITY FAQs

WHAT IS OBESITY?

Obesity is excess fat accumulation due to generally genetical factors and caused by high calorie intake and an inactive lifestyle. Contrary to the common belief, obesity is a very serious disease and it is more than only physical appearance. It is considered to be a serious threat to human life by World Health Organization and it must be treated. It is the second most common death cause after smoking.

WHAT IS MORBID OBESITY?

It is a progressive level of obesity where it can cause many diseases and be lethal

WHO IS A MORBID OBESE?

World Health Organization (WHO) has deviced a tool, Body Mass Idex (BMI) to identify and classify obesity. BMI is calculated by dividing weight to the square of height.

WHY IS OBESITY SO DANGEROUS?

Obesity paves the way to many diseases and causes an early death. Obese people live 15 years       less that their healthy peers on average

I AM OBESE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

The ideal thing to be done is to accept that obesity is a serious disease and to consult a professional and expert team. The possibility for the morbid obese to lose weight with dietary regulation and exercises is 3%. Today, the only scientifically proven way to overcome obesity is an operation. The success rate of obesity operation (bariatric operation) is over 90%.

WHO SHOULD BE OPERATED?

Those who has been suffering obesity for at least 3 years and who has tried dietary changes and exercising.

Those who has a BMI over 40

Those who has a BMI between 35-40 and suffers from hypertension, sleep apnea or joint diseases.

The need for an operation on patients with BMIs around 30-35 is debatable. Some experts argue that an operation is necessary if the patient suffers from additional illnesses. The operation suggested as the success ratio is very high and the complication ratio is low.

HOW IS AN OBESITY OPERATION DONE?

Depending o the type of the operation, some changes are made on stomach or intestines. It is wholly closed (laparascopic). It is conducted in the stomach through the 0.5 – 1.5mm wide holes through the body. On average, it takes 30 – 90 minutes. After the operation, very little pain is felt and the patent can stand up after 3 hours. In a few days the patient can leave hospital and be back at their desk. Since the incisions are very small, aesthetic results are successful.