Spotsylvania weight-loss program draws 425 participants – Fredericksburg.com

Fredericksburg.comSpotsylvania weight-loss program draws 425 participantsFredericksburg.comSpotsylvania Regional Medical Center kicked off its third annual “Lose Big/Win Big” weight-loss challenge Thursday night. More than 350 people pre-registered for the 15-week-long program in which they compete with their habits and their neighbors' for …

Obesity is rising in India. So are weight-loss surgeries. (Washington Post)

NEW DELHI — These days, real estate developer Pradeep Sawhney ignores junk mail fliers from plus-size stores. Instead, he shows off his slim physique with designer duds, while sporting around New Delhi in a shiny, green BMW. Sawhney, 49, says he shrank his morbidly obese 350-pound frame four years ago after stomach bypass surgery helped him drop almost half his weight. He now has become a self-appointed ambassador for bariatrics in India, as growing numbers of the country’s rapidly expanding urban population embrace stomach bypass and stapling surgeries to lose weight. As incomes have risen, so has obesity among an upwardly mobile middle-class that is experiencing expanding waistlines from wider food choices and is able to afford the procedure, which costs about $5,000.About 18,000 weight-loss surgeries were conducted in India in 2014, up from 800 just five years ago, said Pradeep Chowbey, chief bariatric surgeon at Max Healthcare hospital in New Delhi and former president of the Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society of India.The procedure got an unexpected public relations boost recently when Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had the surgery to control his diabetes. He is one of three government ministers to have the operation.“Seeing …

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