The Obesity Truth

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The Obesity Truth. 

Obesity is a complex chronic disease the kills almost 4 million people each year.

OBESITY IS NOT SIMPLY CAUSED BY AN UNHEALTHY DIET & LACK OF EXERCISE OR EFFORT.

1 IN 3 ADULT AUSTRALIANS ARE OBESE.

EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT AND THERE ARE SEVERAL CAUSES OF OBESITY. MOST OF THESE CAUSES CAN’T BE CONTROLLED BY THE PERSON WITH OBESITY.

STIGMA & MISUNDERSTANDING & DISCRIMINATION STILL FACE MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH OBESITY.

MOST DIETS ARE NOT EFFECTIVE OR SUSTAINABLE LONG TERM. MOST PEOPLE REGAIN THEIR WEIGHT DUE TO MANY FACTORS INCLUDING GENETICS AND HORMONES.

MANY SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITIONS DEVELOP FROM OBESITY. FURTHERMORE, OBESITY RESULTS IN REDUCED LIFE EXPECTANCY.

The Obesity Truth

Had enough of the diet and exercise rollercoaster?

Considering weight loss surgery

Obesity is a chronic and progressive disease that can affect multiple organs in the body. Over 25% of Australians are obese. People with severe obesity are at greater risk of disease or premature death. At the top of the list of obesity related co-morbidities are type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. High blood pressure caused by severe obesity can contribute to heart attacks, congestive heart failure and stroke. Health concerns such as sleep apnoea, asthma, severe acid reflux (GORD), depression and infertility in women, are also a result of increased weight. Significant weight loss can often ease these conditions or reverse them completely.

The criteria for patients considering surgery for severe obesity

Many patients have tried multiple diets, medications and exercise regimes with results that did not last. Eligible patients for weight loss surgery would usually have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or greater, however each patient is evaluated individually depending on medical co-morbidities.

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You don’t need to go through this alone. Just like any other chronic disease Obesity requires medical care and treatment.

With 16+ year’s clinical experience, Dr Andrew Kiyingi is a specialist weight-loss surgeon at Perth Bariatric Surgery with advanced training in minimally invasive surgery. Graduated from the University of Otago (NZ), he was awarded with University Gold Medal in General Practice and Distinction in Surgery. He is also a Surgical Trainer for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

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