Bariatric Surgery


Bariatric surgery is a weight loss surgery which includes a many procedures performed on obese people. The size of the stomach is reduced with a gastric band or a portion of the stomach is removed (sleeve gastrectomy or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch) or by re-routing the small intestine to a small stomach pouch (gastric bypass surgery).

Types of Bariatric Surgey:

  1. Lap Band Surgery: At the top part of the stomach an adjustable ring is put to create a small pouch that increases the time food remains in the top part of the stomach.
  2. Gastric Bypass: Some of the small intestine is removed and a small pouch is created by stapling. It is directly joined to the small intestine and the food bypasses most of the stomach and fewer calories are absorbed.
  3. Gastric Sleeve Surgery: Most of the stomach is removed which includes the hormones required for hunger.


  • Reduced risk of cancer
  • Improved self-esteem and quality of life
  • Improvement in fertility and complications during pregnancy
  • Longer life

Arthritis, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes are improved with Bariatric Surgery

Adverse effects:

Compared to the other obesity treatments, weight loss surgery is associated with many risks and complications. The rate of complications appears to be reduced when the procedure is performed by an experienced surgeon. Few of the adverse effects for bariatric surgery includes osteopenia, secondary hyperparathyroidism, development of gallstones, hyperoxaluria , kidney injury and nutritional derangements.


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Obesity Meeting 2019
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Obesity: Causes and Consequences



The balance between calorie intake and energy expenditure determines a person’s weight. A lack of energy balance most often causes overweight and obesity. Energy balance means that energy IN should be equal to energy OUT. Some hormone problems may cause obesity and overweight, such as hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Other causes include Lack of exercise, age, health conditions and emotional factors.

Among adults under the age of 70, obesity is second in the number of deaths it causes each year. As obesity rates continue to rise, the number of deaths due to this may soon exceed that of tobacco. Obesity causes  is closely linked with a huge number of health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol, asthma, sleep apnea, gallstones, kidney stones, infertility, and as many as 11 types of cancers, including leukemia, breast, and colon cancer.


  • Genetics
  • Overeating
  • A diet high in simple carbohydrates
  • Frequency of eating
  • Physical inactivity
  • Medications
  • Psychological factors.
  • Diseases


  • Insulin resistance
  • Type 2  diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Stroke 
  • Heart attack
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis

Key topics:

  • Psychological Factors
  • Pysical inactivity
  • Lipid and Glucose Metabolism
  • Genetic Susceptibility
  • Steroidal Imbalance
  • High Blood Pressure & Heart Disease
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Gastroesophageal Diseases
  • Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome


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Understanding Morbid Obesity


Morbid obesity is also termed as “clinically severe obesity,” it is often outlined as having a BMI of 35 or higher. Obesity becomes “morbid” once it reaches the purpose of considerably increasing the chance of one or more obesity-related health conditions or serious diseases, that result either in vital physical incapacity or perhaps death.

BMI is broken down as follows:

  • Normal: 19.0–24.9
  • Overweight: 25.0–29.9
  • Obese stage 1: 30.0–34.9
  • Obese stage 2: 35.0–39.9
  • Morbidly obese stage 3: 40.0 or greater


Morbid obesity occurs when a person reaches a level of obesity that greatly increases the chances of developing one of the following conditions:

  • diabetes
  • stroke
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • arthritis
  • some cancers


Breathing problems, excess fat, difficulty in walking

Treatment options:

Diet and exercise, medication, surgery ( Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Procedure, Duodenal Switch Procedure, Gastric Sleeve Surgery, Gastric Banding Surgery)


For more details, please visit: Obesity Meeting 2019


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Obesity Meeting 2019
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Genetics of Obesity


Obesity is disease resulting from the interactions of a wide variety of environmental and hereditary factors. The progress in quantitative genetics, genomics and bioinformatics has contributed to a better understanding of the molecular and genetic basis of obesity.

In disorders such as Bardet-Biedl syndrome and Prader- willi syndrome, genes can directly cause obesity. The percentage of obesity that can be attributed to genetics varies widely, depending on the population examined, from 6% to 85%.At the risk of oversimplification, it seems that from a genetic standpoint, human obesity appears less a metabolic than a neurobehavioural disease.

Genes do not always predict future health but genes and behavior may both be needed for a person to be overweight. In few cases multiple genes and other factors; such as abundant food supply or little physical activity increases susceptibility for obesity. Population-based association and linkage studies have highlighted a number of loci at which genetic variation is associated with obesity.



Key topics:

  • Genetic Syndromes
  • Epigenetics
  • Hereditary Factors
  • Genetic Mutations
  • Global Methylation and Obesity


To submit your abstracts for the track Genetics of Obesity, please visit: Obesity Meeting 2019


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Obesity in Animals



Obesity in animals occurs when the weight of animal body is 20% greater than its optimal body weight. It is associated with metabolic and hormonal changes in the animal body. Approximately one in three veterinary patients is considered overweight and obese. Compared to non-obese animals, obese animals have a higher chance of osteoarthritis and diabetes mellitus, which also occur earlier in the life of the animal.

Compared to non-obese animals, obese animals have a higher chance of  osteoarthritis and diabetes mellitus, which occur earlier in the life of the animal. Obese animals also have high risk of complications following anesthesia or surgery.fat-dog-and-cat

Obese dogs develop urinary incontinence, and may have difficulty breathing, have a poorer quality of life compared to non-obese dogs. They also have a lower life expectancy. Obese cats have  increased risk of diseases which affect the mouth and urinary tract. Obese cats predisposed to dry, flaky skin and feline acne.

Key topics:


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Obesity Meeting 2019
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