The far reaching threat of obesity can be understood better if you look at what World Health Organization has to say about it. According to WHO, the majority of people across the world live in countries where people die from obesity rather than being under weight. The problem of obesity is growing fast as it affects more and more people. The healthcare facilities for the treatment of obesity are available only to a small section of people who qualify for it. However, the threats of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes that arise from obesity can be reduced if you take up a weight loss program and able to reduce even 5-10% weight. This is the reason that programs related to weight reduction hold the center stage in obesity management.
Why not bariatric surgery?
Despite the fact that bariatric surgery is a sure way to reduce weight and manage obesity in the long run, why is it that more stress is give to weight management programs that can help to reduce weight? The reason is that not all obese people would qualify for bariatric surgery. Only a small percentage of obese people would be lucky to go under the knife. People who are detected to be clinically obese are the ones that can be considered for surgery. However, they have to be stable both psychologically and clinically to qualify for the surgery. Therefore, even if you have a BMI between 35 and 40, although you are obese technically, taking up weight loss programs could give better results.
Other conditions to be fulfilled
The medical team that decides whether you qualify for bariatric surgery would also like to know your background and past history of obesity management programs that had been taken up. If you wake up to the problems of obesity one fine morning and want to get the surgery done then you might be disappointed, even if you are clinically obese. You should have gone through other obesity management programs and only if it was found to be ineffective that you can explore the option for surgery. It has to be established that there were no lapses on your part in implementing the obesity management program despite which it did not work for you. Only after all non surgical obesity management programs prove futile that surgery can be considered.
The secret of success in managing obesity
Going through some weight loss program does not always ensure success unless specific goals are set and suitable changes are made in lifestyle. How much weight loss you target has to be set on realistic basis so that it is actually achievable. Setting unrealistic goals will only frustrate you and the program cannot be sustained. Aiming to lose about 5 to 10% of your body weight in 6 months should be a reasonable target. In addition, lifestyle changes have to be done. This includes regular exercise and recommended diet that is low on calories but healthy.
The primary objective of obesity management is to control the risks of accompanying diseases even though you might be slightly obese while keeping body weight under control.