A quarter of all hospital services are for weight loss treatments, figures reveal
Research by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital (AACSH) show that 25 percent of all services provided by the hospital were for weight loss treatments, both surgical and non-surgical.
The prevalence of obesity is increasing worldwide among both children and adults, with limited awareness about the health risks associated with being overweight, it said in a statment.
Studies have proven that being overweight or obese can contribute to the risk of developing and intensifying chronic medical conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, asthma, depression, cholesterol, and liver disease.
The report revealed that the primary reason clients approach the hospital for weight loss support is to reduce the impact of morbid obesity on these chronic conditions.
AACSH also reported that many female clients seek the support of the hospital to assist with fertility complications and challenges conceiving caused by excess weight.
Dr Jeehan Abdul Qadir, executive chairperson of the AACSH, said: “Obesity is a global issue and it is crucial that people are aware of the problems that come along with it as well as the solutions available in the market. Weight loss surgery should be considered one of the tools available to help lose weight, but it is crucial to also be prepared to make lifestyle adjustments, such as changes to dietary requirements and regular exercise.”
AACSH said it is the only cosmetic and aesthetic medicine hospital in the Middle East to open a fully equipped ICU unit to cater to its weight loss clinical services.
The hospital offers a range of weight loss procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, including nutritional counselling, gastric bypass, psychological support post-weight loss, and body contouring.