Conditions - Obesity
Obesity is recognized as
a serious medical illness. The causes of obesity are complex
and not simply a consequence of eating too much. Obesity is
contributed to by genetic factors, how efficient your metabolism
is at turning food into energy, environmental factors, psychological
factors and most importantly your eating and exercise habits.
We recognize obesity as a chronic illness that requires expert
medical advice. Surgery should not be the first line treatment
and most people who consider surgery have tried many other
ways to lose weight. Surgery is now proven to be the most
effective form of weight loss for patients who are very overweight.
Use our online BMI (Body
Mass Index) Calculator for an indication of your healthy
There are major health risks associated with obesity including
an overall shorter life expectancy and an increased risk of
dying prematurely. Obesity is a specific risk factor for illnesses
- Type II diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Obstructive sleep apnoea
- Heart disease
- Decreased fertility and pregnancy complications
- Psychological problems such as depression, discrimination
and social isolation
There are three common weight loss operations
performed in Australia today.
- Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band
Your doctor will discuss these options
with you. Not every patient will be suitable for each operation.
Careful history taking, examination and personal preference
will be relevant in making the correct choice.