Medical weight loss is available in Malaysia for the treatment of obesity. Medical weight loss products available are in the forms of prescription medication and surgery.
The medical weight loss approach is a path that the Malaysian Clinical Practice Guidelines on Management of Obesity says, should be done after weight loss programs of diet and exercise regimens have not delivered the desired results.
This is because the medical weight loss approach requires a lifestyle modification component to run together to ensure that caloric intake is reduced and calories are removed with proper diet and and exercise.
There are two approaches to medical weight loss:
Typically, you will need to have a BMI of more than 25 and have at least two major medical conditions such as type-2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease. In other words, you need to have a health risk from obesity to undergo a medical weight loss program. You need to bear in mind that weight loss medicines and weight loss surgery are risky as there are potential side affects that can arise.
Weight loss using medicines are gaining traction in Malaysia as more and more people are becoming obese. This obesity epidemic is fueling the need to lose weight to avoid health issues such as early aging, cardiovascular diseases and type-2 diabetes. Drugs such as Orlistat or Phentermine are the medicines of choice.
Weight loss surgery is also becoming popular. Liposuction is a common form of fat removal, but most people don’t realise that the weight loss is not as significant due to the requirements of safety on the amount of fat removed. Liposuction is more geared for those who want to sculpt or shape their bodies than for weight loss. Plastic surgical procedures do remove certain amount of fat and enable a more toned and tight look. Bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass surgery is the more effective and is recommend primarily for the morbidly obese.
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