Gurgaon Positive: City Obesity Rates Less Than National Figures

Manish (name changed) aged only 30 was rushed to Columbia Asia Hospital with uneasiness and breathlessness. He was morbidly obese, weighing around 170 kgs and took almost 70 units of insulin every day. He was also suffering from hypertension. At the young age, his heart was functioning at a rate below normal and his diabetes and hypertension were uncontrolled despite medication.

After evaluation and counseling, he underwent bariatric surgery at the hospital; his weight is gradually coming down. His comorbid conditions like diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnoea are all now under better control and doctors have assured him that over time when his weight is optimum, these conditions will definitely improve drastically

Manish is not alone as he was morbidly obese, but more and more people are moving towards morbid obesity if they do not take care of them. According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS 4) data, 20.1 per cent women between the age of 15 and 49 years in urban parts of Gurgaon are either overweight or obese while obesity rate is 21.7 per cent for men in the same age group. Despite the obesity rates in the city being less than the percentage of overweight or obese men and women in urban India where 31.3 per cent urban women and 26.6 per cent urban men have BMI of 25 or more, the existing rates are 4% higher than previous records.

“We receive around 15-20 patients every month who can be classified as obese. Both children and adults in urban areas are prone to gaining weight due to poor and unhealthy dietary habits, lack of physical activity, and high amount of stress in their daily lives. Affected patients should follow healthy practices, as obesity is a major factor leading to many lifestyle diseases. Obesity increases the person’s susceptibility to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD), hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, gout, migraine, among others. Therefore, affected patients should seek medical help, as obesity is a major factor leading to many lifestyle diseases including diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.” says Dr. Amit Deepta Goswami, Consultant – Bariatric & Minimal Invasive Surgery, Columbia 

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