Obesity :Tests & Treatments


Skinfold measurements may be taken to check the body fat percentage.
Blood tests may be done to look for thyroid or endocrine problems, which could lead to weight gain.


(1) A combination of dieting and exercise is highly recommended.
When dieting, your main goal should be to learn new, healthy ways of eating and make them a part of everyday routine. On the advice of doctor and nutritionist, a realistic and safe daily calorie counts that assure both weight loss and good nutrition should be fixed . The decision to keep fit requires a lifelong commitment of time and effort. Patience is essential.

(2) Exercise is a great way to burn energy and a way to strengthen the bones. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle by increasing your activity level. Perform aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week and increase physical activity by walking instead of driving.

There are many over-the-counter diet products and should be used as per the doctor’s prescription..

Several prescription weight loss drugs are available. Such medicines include subutramine (Meridia) and orlistat (Xenical). Usually, one can lose around 5-7 kgs by taking these drugs and usually regain the weight when medication is stopped.

Weight-loss surgery may be an option if one is very obese and have not been able to lose weight through diet and exercise. However, these surgeries are not a complete solution for obesity. One has to be committed to diet and exercise after the surgery.
The two most common weight-loss surgeries are: Laparoscopic gastric banding and Gastric bypass surgery

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