“Weight loss surgery patients are usually victim to the obesity stigma as surgery may be perceived as the lazy option based of the assumption that it requires less effort and discipline that exercise and dieting. Despite this stigma, weight loss surgeries in India are becoming common as people realize its benefits.”
Dr. Anirudh Vij is the head of the department of Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgery at Dr. Sunder Lal Memorial Hospital and is also the founder of DIOMS (Delhi Institute of Obesity and Metabolic Surgery). He is a graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College from where he completed his MBBS and MS and has been trained in advanced laparoscopic surgery at GEM Hospital. He has had a keen interest in bariatric surgery since the beginning of his career and has made incessant efforts to establish himself as a pioneer in the field. Obesity is now a ubiquitous phenomenon due to the sedentary lifestyle people lead these days, the concomitant downsides include myriad of problems ranging from diabetes to heart diseases. Bariatric surgery is a treatment option for patients suffering with morbid obesity and is considered to be the most effective treatment for obesity in terms of maintenance of long-term weight loss. Weight loss surgery patients are usually victim to the obesity stigma as surgery may be perceived as the lazy weight loss option because of an assumption that it does not require effort and discipline than losing weight through exercise and dieting. But, despite this stigma, eight loss surgeries in India are becoming common as more and more people realize its benefits and are openly opting it as a lifestyle choice. With that being said, feelings towards weight loss surgeries are ambivalent.
The advent of internet has a huge part to play in disseminating information to individuals about the pros and cons of surgery and spreading awareness about the procedure. With individuals getting acquainted to different options they can pursue there certainly has been a shift in the mindset of people as they no longer stay wary of surgeries. As Bizz-Buzz focuses on spreading stories, leveraging a platform like such can help individuals feel more at ease with their choice.