Dangers of morbid obesity

A 16-year-old boy, weighing 160 kg, cannot go to school as he struggles to move around; a middle-aged woman on an airplane requires a seat-belt extension… Dr Kenneth D’cruz, Head of Department, Surgical Gastroenterology, Oncology and Minimal Access Surgery at Bangalore’s Narayana Hrudayalaya Multi-speciality Hospital, sees many patients like these every month, with the rising incidence of morbid obesity in India.

Despite the many challenges and mental trauma faced by those with morbid obesity, Dr D’cruz chooses to focus on the success stories. “I once treated a 65-year-old woman from Orissa who became breathless when she walked just 4-5 steps,” he says and recalls her husband’s uncontrolled happiness when, ten days after surgery, she walked from the entrance of the hospital to the out-patient department. Read more…



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