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Obesity is a fast growing major problem in present times. Second most common cause of death from a modifiable behavioural risk factor. Long term implications are obvious from the fact that for every 10 kgs above normal body weight, life expectancy is reduced by 3 years.
Our first Support Group meeting on obesity was held on 18th April 2009 at Dumra auditorium, Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana. Around 100 people attended the Meet and also the patients who had undergone treatment for obesity at our centre attended the meet and shared there experience about their lifestyle when they were obese and how they felt now after loosing 40-50% excess body weight. All medicines for Blood Pressure, Diabetes Mellitus, Thyroid were reduced & even stopped in most of the patients who were treated at our centre. We all attempt to loose weight but somehow we regain the lost weight which is known as Yo-Yo effect.
Common causes of obesity include sedentary lifestyle, excess diet intake, hormonal factors, stressful life, genetic factors, smoking for a period of time. Our attitude in life is the most important factor when we attempt to loose weight.
Obesity support group has close to 900 national and international members which include dieticians, psychotherapists, physical trainers, therapists who advise us on different weightloss options and lifestyle. Obesity Support Group page can reached by following the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/obesitysupport. Our various obesity support group meetings have doctors from different specialities who listen to obese patients & advise them accordingly like a bariatric surgeon, nutritionist, medical specialist, gynaecologist, psychologist. Even patient post Bariatric Surgery also advise other patients to tackle the small teething problems or changes which they experience after the weight loss surgery.