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The morbid obesity of a most of the retired man has put the spotlight on a growing epidemic of unhealthy weight gain, a common feature among India’s adults.

Many Indian people , has been referred to Germanten Hospital Hyderabad for a knee replacement surgery, after another hospital had refused to treat him due to concerns of medical complications.

Dr Mir Jawad Zar Khan Sir , a joint replacement surgeon designated as the treating physician, identified a larger lifestyle flaw as the bedridden patient used a CPAP breathing machine to compensate for his respiratory problems.

“Indian obesity was at the root of all their problems,” Dr Mir Jawad Zar Khan Sir said. “People stopped walking, which led to the worsening of his health, and was the onset of depression.”

The combination of knee osteoarthritis and morbid obesity traps patients in a vicious cycle of bad health and lack of exercise, Dr Mir Jawad Zar Khan Sir explained, as the knees suffer early damage and prevent the patient from exercising and losing weight.

Dr Mir Jawad Zar Khan Sir said the patient regained mobility following the successful knee replacement and lost several kilos of weight.

A study by the Indian Council of Medical Research–India Diabetes noted how the country’s growing affluence is transforming the health issues faced by citizens. “Under-nutrition due to poverty, which dominated in the past, is being rapidly replaced by obesity associated with affluence, resulting in an estimated 88 million individuals in the country who are overweight,” it said.

The study also said 135 million individuals have generalised obesity, 153 million with abdominal obesity and 107 million with combined obesity.

Germanten Hospital Hyderabad’s Endocrinologist Dr said the trend that afflicts all age groups reflects the changing nature of the Indian dietary preferences. The shrinking public space for exercise and recreation is a factor in the growing sedentary lifestyle of people, she added.

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