Bariatrics is the treatment of obesity. A person is diagnosed as obese when his or her body fat is great enough to have an adverse effect on health. When body mass index is between 25 kg/m2 and 30 kg/m2, the patient is said to be overweight.
Obesity in America is growing, greater and greater demands are being made on healthcare systems to provide care for them. Let’s face it: life is difficult and painful for people who are obese. They are scorned, and they know it. Most were overweight from the time they were children and have endured the cruelty of classmates who made fun of their size.
Obesity is one of the major preventable causes of death worldwide. It seems to be increasing around the world. There have been times in history when obesity stood for wealth and fertility; however, that is no longer true except in very limited areas of the world. Obese people are looked down upon and often ostracized.
The life of the obese person is painful in many ways. The overweight public does not want to be labeled or categorized as “fat people”. Obese people are often shamed because of their condition. Not only does the scorn and shunning of society hurt, the stress on the body caused by excess weight causes many painful and health- and life-threatening diseases such as type 2 diabetes; high blood pressure with all the illnesses that come with it, such as stroke; osteoarthritis; and obstructive sleep apnea. Many obese people suffer from joint deterioration as a result of their bearing too much weight. The misalignment of the skeleton as a result of the excess weight causes back pain, typically severe.
The most common cause of obesity is dietary excess—the patient eats too many calories—and a sedentary lifestyle. Genetics may also set some people up to become obese although genes, endocrine disorders, or psychiatric illness, all of which are rarely the sole cause.
The standard treatment for a bariatric medical condition is diet and exercise. There are some anti-obesity drugs that may reduce appetite or inhibit fat absorption. If the case is severe enough, surgery is sometimes performed or a balloon inserted to reduce stomach capacity or the length of the bowel. The rationale for this is that these treatments will lead to quicker satisfaction and a reduction in the ability to utilize nutrients from food.
Along with the increase in numbers of obese people has come an increase in aids to make their lives better. For instance, Vitality Medical has a range of heavy-duty scooters and wheelchairs designed specifically for larger bodies. This online medical supply company also has inexpensive back supports and knee supports to ease the pain experienced by many larger people. Vitality Medical also has oversized beds to improve the sleep of the overweight person as well as bath chairs to make taking a shower more comfortable. Walkers and canes designed specifically for larger people are available on Vitality Medical’s website.
For the caretaker, Vitality Medical has Hoyer Bariatric Lifts to help move the extra-heavy patient. There are also extra-large commodes. Oversized toilet seats can be purchased on this website as well as special bariatric scales for weighing a patient who cannot be weighed on a standard scale.
Life can be better for the bariatric patient with these special items, and they can be purchased from the privacy of your own home, a special bonus.