Obesity — a disorder involving excessive body fat — is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, metabolic diseases like diabetes, all which increases the risk of mortality.
According to WHO, nearly 13 per cent of the world’s adult population (11 per cent of men and 15 per cent of women) were obese in 2014.
Earlier this month, a 44-year-old woman from California, who weighed nearly 300 kgs, underwent weight loss surgery and shed 86 kgs.
Erica Wall, who was overweight as a child, had her stomach stapled when she was only 16 years old.
Five years later, she gained weight so rapidly that her staple line burst and her weight continued to spiral out of control.
A 310 kgs father of three from the US, who turned to food after being sexually abused in childhood, lost 100 kgs in a year with the help of surgery.
Thirty-six year old Doug Armstrong’s gastric bypass surgery was a success. Post the surgery, he started going to gym, where he did cardio and lifted weights and began shedding a lot.