Obesity in the East: Why Many Indians Are Exchanging Dining Tables for Operating Tables
CURATED BY NIKI DE WITT
Though India may be considered the hunger capital of the world, obesity is becoming a growing concern as more international food chains set up shop. Operating tables are increasingly filling up with patients of all backgrounds requesting weight loss surgery after giving up on diet and exercise.
JAIPUR — India is emerging as one of the fastest-growing centers in the global market for weight loss surgery. Two-thirds of wealthy urban Indians are now overweight.
Like 56-year-old Chander Kataria and 65-year-old Mohan Gulati. Chander weighs 85 kilos (187 pounds) while Mohan is over 120 kilos (264 pounds). They are both trying desperately to lose weight, and one of their efforts is a morning walk around the Bhagat Singh Garden in Jaipur.
“I try to exercise, shake and vibrate every organ of my body, but it’s not working,” says Chander.
Mohan has tried many ways to lose weight, including diets and working out at a gym. “This is my eighth lap on the bike. I have done so much but nothing has helped. I think surgery is now the only option.”
Rana Kumar is his gym coach, and he says Mohan is typical of his clients. “The cause of growing obesity is people’s sedentary lifestyles,” Rana says. “People sitting around and not doing enough exercise and eating junk food. We advise them to do exercise and control their diet. If that doesn’t work, we suggest surgery.”….Continue Reading
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Niki is currently exploring Asia while working on a children’s book series about travel. As a child, she traveled and moved often for her parents’ jobs. As a result of this, she has always felt most at home when she’s off and away. She is interested in international films, working on building an impressive tea collection, and can often be found with her camera in hand. You can have a look-see at her blog and follow her on Twitter @nikidding.
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