Obesity leads to cancer, says Australian obesity surgeon

  • HT Correspondent, None, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2014 19:28 IST

Dayanand Medial College and Hospital (DMCH) organised a mid-term continuing medical education (CME) and live operative workshop on Saturday.

A bariatric surgeon from Australia Dr Laurent Layani was invited as an expert at the operative workshop. He was accompanied by Isbella Florence from Paris and Dr Arush Sabharwal from Jeevan Mala Hospital, New Delhi.

The operating faculty for the live workshop included associate professor of surgery Dr Ashish Ahuja and Dr PS Nain, professor of surgery at DMCH.

Layani had operated close to 10,000 cases of obesity and is a world-renowned obesity surgeon from Queensland, Australia. He talked about the side effects of overweight and said obesity was a major risk factor and was associated with blood pressure, heart disease, osteomyelitis, blood sugar and obstructive sleep.

“It is also a major risk of cancer in women such as gall bladder cancer, intestinal cancer and ovaries cancer,” he added.

Ahuja said being overweight and obese puts people at a greater risk of developing ten of the most common cancers as per a research study published in a renowned medical journal.

“Based on 2007 national health family survey data, as many as 30.3% of males and 37.5% females are obese in Punjab,” he added.

Dr Sandeep Sharma and Dr PS Nain told that during the CME different types of obesity surgeries were demonstrated.

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