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Obesity is a disease: IMA

New Delhi, Fri, 03 Jul 2015 NI Wire

"Obesity is a disease and should be tackled under the supervision of doctors" said Padma Shri Awardee.

Any weight gain after the age of 18 years in females and 20 years in males is obesity unless proved otherwise. Also any weight gain after the age of 35 years and after the age of 50 years is considered obesity.

"Obesity is a disease and should be tackled under the supervision of doctors", said Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, Hony Secretary General Indian Medical Association.

Obesity can be managed either by eating low refined carbohydrates, low fat and or low calories diet. Exercise alone without dietary modification usually fails. The need for surgery in obesity arises only if the lifestyle and medical management fails.

Anti-obesity drugs are often needed to be added to facilitate weight reduction in individuals with co morbid conditions. 

A 10% weight reduction can reduce the need of anti-BP medicines by 50% and anti diabetes drugs by up to 40%.

It is possible to get rid of such diseases in some cases merely by weight reduction. Weight reduction can also reduce the severity of snoring. Obese people have more blood pressure, snoring, osteoarthritis and cancer.

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