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Bariatric surgery is a surgery where the stomach is stapled and made small. This is done to reduce weight. It also reduces appetite as the size of the stomach becomes small. It also protects against diseases. In India, many people are opting for such surgeries to lose weight. In 2004, there were only 200 people who opted for the surgery. However in 2019, more than 20,000 people opted the surgery. The Obesity Surgery Society of India (OSSI) is an organisation of doctors specialising in weight loss surgeries. and bariatric surgeries where the stomach is stapled to reduce its size. According to them, the number of surgeons is increasing. In 2003, there were only 8 Bariatric Surgeons. Now there are more than 450. In India’s, Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Punjab and Tamil Nadu have the most number of surgeries every year. This also shows that there is a large number of obese people in India. Usually, people in their 30s-40s opt for the surgery. Nowadays, patients as old as 15 opt for the weight loss surgery. Dr. Arun Prasad the President of OSSI said that, many people get weight-loss surgeries done because they are fed up with their heavy weight and want to change their lifestyle. People are not active and are lazy. They suffer health problems such as cardiac issues and hypertension. They also feel ashamed in the society. Many people experience all this. He also said that most patients who opt for surgery have diabetes, snoring problem and joint pain. This is why they opt for the surgery. People opting for surgeries to lose weight and change their lifestyle is not the right solution. If you want to lose weight, cultivate good eating habits. This will bring about a big change in your health. This is what he said. Compared to India, the USA has a large number of Obese people. In India there are very few. USA has the highest number of obese people. In 2018, 2.5 lakh people in the USA got this surgery done.

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