Obesity is a fast growing medical problem in Kenya, Dr. Shchukin a Bariatric, general and laparoscopic surgeon with over 30 years’ experience in surgery, explains a few insights on the Conditions and viable ways of treatment.

New year’s resolutions are ironically as old as time itself. Each new year brings with it hopes for yet another beginning, another chance to do better and live more holistically. We’re one week into 2018 and most people are still on track with the changes they want to make in their lives. If your resolution this year is to become healthier, you are hardly one in a million; if you actually stick to the plan throughout the year, you just might be. So why is it so hard to stick to a diet and exercise routine, even when you’re really determined to get in shape?

During the festive season, indulgence is the order of the day. Large amounts of deliciously greasy, salty and sugary foods often rule the dining table, and you probably thought, it’s okay, this is just for the holidays. When January comes, however, and your favorite jeans won’t button-up, and you’re feeling tired and lethargic, this may signal that some changes need to be made. So you might scour the internet looking for ways to lose the weight and keep it off.

The web is full of diets, exercises, hacks, tips and tricks for losing weight. If some of the ones you’ve looked at seem impossible, that’s because they probably are. No wheat products, no dairy, no fried foods, animal products, no carbs after 3 pm…the list goes on and on. Now, most people might be able to do this for a few days, but after that old eating habits return. This way of eating is simply not sustainable.

If you really want to achieve and maintain weight loss and an overall healthier eating style, it is crucial to modify your relationship with food. After the festive season, you may also want to consider a method of detox to give you a fresh start. At Holistic Living, our qualified physicians offer Lifestyle Coaching for correction of poor eating habits and Digestive System Detox.

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As the year comes to a close, it is only natural to reflect on the cycle that has just ended and to look forward to what lies ahead. This year, Holistic Living has continued to make strides towards eradicating obesity and its related illnesses in Kenya. Our various activities, both inside the clinic and out in the community, have successfully reached large numbers and passed the message of creating and maintaining a healthy, holistic lifestyle. We at Holistic Living would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continued support. As you make merry during this season, we wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays!

 

Since its establishment in 2015, the World Anti-Obesity Day has been marked in different countries around the world as a campaign to encourage practical actions that help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight to combat the global obesity crisis. To commemorate this day, Heart and Life together with partners including the Obesity Awareness Organization organized a fun-filled, physically engaging event to promote the cause.

We’ve probably all heard what happens when it’s all work and no play. After the two-day, Annual Obesity Africa Symposium full of intense workshops, a day of fun and relaxation was much-needed. The Big Big Fun Day, as it was dubbed, was held at the Wadi Degla sports club on November 26, 2017. People from all walks of life turned up in large numbers to take part in the numerous activities that were organized.

The event was organized to keep in line with the vision of an obesity-free Africa. Sports lovers were treated to competitive yet good-spirited basketball, football, touch rugby and athletics tournaments. Others enjoyed zumba, dance and karaoke as well as the opportunity to socialize and network. Take a look at some of the day’s highlights below.

All around the world, there are ongoing conversations about obesity and it’s impact on individuals and society at large. Holistic Living and the East African Bariatric Center collaborated in bringing together experts from various fields to facilitate this conversation here in Kenya.
The 4th Annual Obesity Africa Symposium was held at Safari Park Hotel on the 24th and 25th of November, 2017. The largest convention since the first one in 2014 brought a record number of physicians, psychologists, nutritionists, dietitians, patients and members of the public who discussed obesity and it’s various causes and implications. Simultaneously held Surgeons Workshop, Physicians Workshop and Diet and Behavioral Modification session made for a comprehensive symposium.
Issues related to food addiction, weight loss, nutrition, surgery and recovery were tackled in the presentations, after which attendees had a chance to socialize over a scrumptious meal.

Did you attend this year’s symposium? Leave a comment to share your experience!

Some of the days’ highlights are shown in the photos below

Obesity Africa conference, a pan-African platform will bring together 400 healthcare professionals, healthy living providers and other specialties in the area of overweight and obesity to educate on and discuss the increasingly prevalent health related effects of obesity, their impact on the continent, and measures to curtail the epidemic.

The forum will involve various medical specialties. Some of the areas of focus include the co-dependent relationship between diabetes & obesity, obesity and its effects on physical and mental health, diagnosis of obesity and associated health ailments, obesity and weight management, surgical and non-surgical methods of treatment, preventive approaches and policy interventions to counteract obesity and associated endocrine and metabolism disorders.

Obesity is an important cause of non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, arthritis, infertility, heart disease, impotence and stroke. The impact of the continent’s obesity epidemic on taxpayers, health insurance providers, businesses, communities and individuals is massive. A large amount of money is spent on medical costs in treating obesity and obesity related non-Communicable Diseases.

Obesity Africa envisages bringing together leading academic experts, scientists, researchers and professors, both from industry and the academic institutes, from four continents onto a common platform. Discussions will focus on modern techniques, new technology and newly implemented drugs for the treatment of obesity and endocrine diseases. Attendees will have opportunities for exchanging ideas and thus contribute to the dissemination of knowledge.

Obesity Africa will be a two day meeting with a mixed format including didactic lectures, poster presentations, debates, case presentations and expert driven workshops including but not limited to dyslipidemia, diabetes, bariatric surgery , psychotherapy and fashion designed to create a platform for attendees to explore every aspect of obesity and diabetes management.

Obesity Africa will educate and update general practitioners, physicians, cardiologists, diabetologists, pulmonologists, bariatric surgeons, orthopedic specialists, nutritionists, nephrologists, anesthetists, surgeons and allied health professional, and other interested physicians involved in care of obese patients.


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If you thought weight loss is all about aesthetics, you might want to think again after this. Research shows that one of the major causes of hypertension and type II diabetes is excess weight. This rarely crosses most of our minds as we gorge ourselves on the fatty, salty and sugary foods that we simply cannot get enough of. Putting on a few kilos here and there seems harmless, until it’s not. Nancy knows this all too well.

Over a period of time, Nancy put on quite a bit of extra weight which she struggled to get rid of. All the weight loss plans she tried, simply did not work. After receiving some difficult news from her doctors, she knew something had to be done. Here’s her story.

It is often difficult, if not impossible, to truly understand someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes. Perhaps this is why other people’s stories of triumph are as inspiring as they are, especially when you are fighting similar battles. If you have ever struggled with your weight, you know just how frustrating it can be. Sharon is one young lady who understands weight loss struggles all too well. She shares her journey in a few words.

“I have been struggling with my weight since high school. I went on all sorts of diet and exercise programs trying to lose the weight and keep it off, all in vain. At the very most, I would lose about 5-10 kg, but I would gain all of it back before I had a chance to even enjoy it.

My wake-up call came when my mum died. It hit me like a ton of bricks that I have a genetic predisposition to obesity and its complications. My doctor told me that the only option I had to avoid a similar, tragic fate was to lose the weight.

I always knew that medical weight loss procedures were only done overseas, so I was very surprised to learn that there are doctors here in Kenya who perform these surgeries. Given how unsuccessful I was trying to lose weight using other conventional methods, I felt that this was the best way for me to go. After consultation with the doctor, I chose to have the gastric sleeve.

In 3-4 weeks after surgery, I was able to have light meals, mashed potatoes at the very most. A while after that, I was able to have ugali (corn meal dish) and even nyama choma (roast meat).

My weight loss has boosted my confidence, self-esteem and it has improved my social life. Shopping for clothes has become a much more pleasant experience. It’s great to be able to go out and get trendy outfits that actually fit me. Of course, I’ve noticed several health benefits as well. I walk comfortably without getting tired, I can go up a flight of stairs without losing my breath, and I get to play with my son a lot more than I would before, all thanks to Holistic Living.