How do you manage obesity?
Bariatric / Obesity Surgery

How do you manage obesity?

Managing obesity involves modifications in lifestyle, diet, physical activity and behaviour. Our approach at Fortis Obesity Clinic to help you achieve this is as outlined below:

  • Dietary Therapy - Reducing calories is the key to dietary therapy. Long-term nutritional modifications to reduce caloric intake work for individuals with obesity. Dietary therapy includes steps to modify diets and maintain weight-loss.
  • Physical Activity - Regular physical activity goes a long way in reducing body fat. It also helps with preventing the decrease in muscle mass when a person undergoes weight loss. The other benefit of physical activity is increase energy expenditure which plays an important role in weight management. For the obese, the right way is to gradually increase physical activity to avoid injury to the body.
  • Behaviour Therapy - Behavioural management techniques involve stress management, self-monitoring, stimulus control, contingency management, problem-solving, cognitive restructuring and social support which aid the obese individuals to adhere to weight-loss methodologies.
  • Pharmacotherapy (Medical Management) - This therapy make use of medications to achieve and sustain weight-loss. The therapy ideally benefits high-risk obese individuals.
  • Intragastric Balloon - This is a short-term weight loss therapy where a silicone balloon is placed endoscopically (through the mouth and oesophagus while the patient is heavily seDate of Appointmentd) and filled with liquid. This helps stomach achieve a feeling of fullness.
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight loss surgery) - When all the above options have been exhausted, the next logical step to fight obesity would be surgery. for extremely obese patients. Weight loss surgery can help with medically significant weight loss which is sustainable. It is advisable that well-informed patients (with BMI ≥ 32.5 with or without serious co-morbid conditions) may undergo surgery. After surgery, these patients need constant monitoring for complications and lifestyle adjustments throughout their lifetime.