mid-day editorial: Decide if life on the knife-edge is worth it

Published: Dec 09, 2016, 07:54 IST | mid-day correspondent |

The world’s heaviest woman, Iman Ahmad Abdulati — who weighs 500 kg — has not left her house in Egypt in 25 years

The world’s heaviest woman, Iman Ahmad Abdulati — who weighs 500 kg — has not left her house in Egypt in 25 years. Now, as she steps out for the first time, it will be to fly to Mumbai for a life-saving surgery that will help her lose weight.

A report in this paper said the 36-year-old suffered from acute obesity since birth, and has been bed-ridden for the past 13 years.

A well-known bariatric surgeon from Mumbai will supervise her treatment. After some rigmarole, Abdulati has managed to get a visa and is expected to arrive in the city in the next few days.

Lately, bariatric or anti-obesity surgery has grabbed many headlines thanks to the media glare on celebs, who have admitted to having undergone the procedure. One such instance is former football star Diego Maradona. Though awareness is on the rise, doctors state the only prerequisite to undergo this surgery is that you must unequivocally need it.

The decision to go under the knife and post-operative care must go hand in hand with counselling. Be careful when choosing a doctor and a medical facility to undergo the operation in — ensure equal importance is accorded to the psychological aspect of undergoing the surgery.

Some doctors have initiated help groups — on the lines of Weight Watchers abroad — but those are solely for people contemplating to go under the knife. In these groups, such people can interact with individuals who have already undergone the surgery. The interaction is welcome as it may open up scope for discussions and debates. But the ultimate decision to undergo the surgery is yours alone. And with all the support in the world, weight loss via this procedure, is a lonely and a highly personal journey. Make sure the knife is absolutely essential for your life.

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