A study by Monash University in May 2011 found more than 1.7 million Australians were obese – having a body mass index (BMI) over 30.
Importantly, we now understand this is not because of a lifestyle choice or a personal weakness. Scientists have discovered several genes, which predispose someone to obesity – including the FTO, PCSK1 and ENPP1 genes. This finally explains why obesity often runs in families and why, for the majority of sufferers, diet and exercise are simply ineffective.
It’s time to recognise that obesity is a medical problem and should be treated without guilt or prejudice. It’s why Illawarra Institute of Obesity Surgery specialise in appetite regulation treatments through Gastric Banding and Gastric Sleeve Procedures.