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Weight Loss Surgery in Houston: Hope for a City Troubled by Obesity

For three years in a row (2001 to 2003) the city of Houston, TX was ranked as America’s Fattest City by Men’s Fitness Magazine. In the May 2010 issue, the city’s rank had improved but was still at a problematic #9. The magazine lists several causes for Houston’s weight problem: lack of outdoor recreation and poor air quality deter outdoor exercise while high fast-food consumption leads to poor nutrition. Weight loss surgery—such as gastric bypass surgery—has proven extremely beneficial for thousands of people whose obesity has been caused through various factors. Given its track record of success, this type of surgery can certainly alleviate many of the health problems facing America’s fourth largest city.

Bariatric surgery (another term for weight loss surgery) leads to a patient’s weight loss by a restrictive method, a malabsorbtive method or through a combination of both techniques. With the restrictive method, which includes lap band and gastric sleeve surgeries, part of the stomach is made smaller so that the patient feels full quickly and consumes less food. Surgeons using a malabsorbtive approach remove a section of the stomach to lower the amount of calories it is able to absorb; biliopancreatic diversion is an example of this kind of surgery. Gastric bypass surgery combines both of these techniques, reducing stomach size and its ability to absorb calories.

For the thousands of Houstonians struggling with morbid obesity, these surgical options can provide a second chance at a healthier lifestyle. Those who have difficulty exercising due to excess weight are often able to adopt a more vigorous fitness routine after bariatric surgery (if the obstacles to exercising in Houston’s outdoors are a problem, there are several indoor workouts available). Many patients who have undergone weight loss surgery also experience a decrease in symptoms of diabetes, sleep apnea and high blood pressure.

Houston’s weight problems may attract undesired attention, but the city’s situation is far from unique. It is only indicative of the widespread obesity epidemic faced by the entire country. Weight loss surgery may not be the answer for every obese person, but for millions of Americans it is the likeliest chance they have to improve their health and quality of life.

About Author
Clifton E. Thomas, MD, FACS, is a board-certified weight loss surgeon who performs lap band, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures in Nacogdoches and Houston, Texas. He also offers his patients the option of undergoing lap band surgery in Mexico.

Liposuction: New Hope for a New Figure Through the Art of Body Contouring

Liposuction: New Hope for a New Figure Through the Art of Body Contouring

Devastating Effects of Hiv/ Aids on Children of Zimbabwe And Bringing Hope to Them.

More than a Million innocent children are orphaned or abandoned to live on roads in Zimbabwe due to the devastating effects of HIV/ AIDS crisis. These kids have lost their both parents and all elders in family to the AIDS pandemic and experts fear that 1 out 5 children will become orphan by the end 2010 in Zimbabwe. 90 % of these children are raised through extended families and not in orphanage. Efforts to provide basic food, education and health facilities to these children are getting hampered because of the current political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe.

These children are facing triple threat of cholera, Influenza A H1N1 and measles outbreaks while Zimbabwe is having second highest monthly inflation rates in the History of Mankind. Every 1 of the 7 living in the age group o 15-40 years is suffering from AIDS in Zimbabwe. More than half of adolescents are in fear of getting infected with HIV virus in a few years of time.

Absence of social safety, parents or guardians, spiraling inflation, deteriorating physical infrastructure, erosion of livelihoods, food insecurity, rising malnutrition, inadequate fund to support education, the severe impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic is having a dramatic impact on the overall well-being of the children in Zimbabwe. These orphans struggle for the basic necessities: food, clothing, education and medicine.

Around 120,000 children are living with HIV in Zimbabwe along with the most of the taxable population of the country. They are living on margins, mostly on the Food Aid. The School attendance has declined from 85 % in 2007 to less than 20% in 2009. The student turn-out is low as a majority of public schools have pegged school fees to match the running costs.

Consequently, a majority of Zimbabwean children can not afford to pay these fees, have stopped attending classes and access education; even if schools are open and teachers conduct lessons. These orphan children (and others infected by the virus) are particularly affected by the multiple traumas of chronically ill caregivers, orphan hood, lack of quality education and high food insecurity.

Many NGOs have come forward to address this issue along with UNICEF and other helping bodies. One such organization, Heart4Kids is working for the cause since 2003 in Zimbabwe.

Heart4Kids is a non-profit 501 3(C) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of children around the world whose lives are shattered by the HIV/AIDS virus. Heart4Kids seeks to protect these children by providing them with food, clothing, educational and medical assistance, and above all hope.

About Author
Sandra Denenga is the founder of Heart4Kids organization. Heart4Kids relies on donations from around the world to help Zimbabwe’s orphaned children. The tax-deductible online donation provides meals, clothing, school supplies.

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