Articles

2019-01-01

Obesity from a Dietitian’s perspective

Ms. YU Man Wai Vivien - Council Member, HKOS People gain weight when calories in exceed calories out. Popular dietary approaches for weight loss have generated widespread interest and considerable debate. While energy balance remains the cornerstone of weight control (i.e., calories still count), new diets and books promising weight loss by limiting certain foods or macronutrients rather th...

2019-01-01

From a Paediatrician's Perspective

Dr. Joanna Yuet Ling TUNG - Council Member, HKOS Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges in this century and its prevalence is increasing worldwide. According to the data from the Department of Health, around one in five children and adolescents are overweight or obese in Hong Kong. It is associated with a wide range of serious physical and psychological health...

2019-01-01

Obesity and General Surgery

Dr. LEUNG Kai Wing David - Council Member, HKOS Data from World Health Organization (WHO) showed 13% of adults over the world were obese and 39% were overweight in 2014. It is not surprising that they presented with various surgical conditions to general surgeons, in both elective and emergency settings requiring operations. Compared to people with normal weight, they are high-risk patients...

2019-01-01

Multi-Disciplinary Care in Metabolic Surgery

Dr. TSUI Tsun Miu - Council Member, HKOS More and more evidence supports the metabolic and bariatric surgery to be the most effective and durable treatment for morbid obesity and its associated co-morbidities. However, the success is not solely contributed by the surgery alone but by the multi-disciplinary care team. Surgery is only a part of the whole treatment plan. The care begins with o...

2019-01-01

Obesity and Gastrointestinal Diseases

Dr. Kevin LIU - Council Member, HKOS Obesity is increasing at an alarming rate worldwide. Obesity can affect every single organ along the alimentary tract, causing ill health of the patients. It increases the risk of developing gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus, erosive esophagitis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, gallstones, pancreatitis and colorectal polyps. A...

2019-01-01

Obesity and Children

Dr. Kenneth Kak Yuen WONG - Council Member, HKOS Childhood obesity is now an increasing problem worldwide. Indeed, approximately 3% of children and adolescents in the UK have severe obesity. A similar trend is seen in Hong Kong. The incidence of cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension, hyperinsulinism and hyperlipidaemia and fatty liver approaches 20% in such individuals. Overweigh...

2019-01-01

Obesity in the Elderly Population

Dr. Christie LI - Council Member, HKOS Obesity in elderly is an emerging global health issue. According to recent data, one third or more of U.S. adults aged 60 years and older have body weights in the obese range. Body composition changes with aging. There is an increase in fat mass and a decrease in muscle mass. Even without body weight changes, the amount of fat significantly increase wi...

2019-01-01

Obesity and the Anesthesiologist

Dr. Cheung Chi Wai - Council Member, HKOS Obesity is a major health care issue globally, especially for the western and the developed countries. As obesity population is becoming bigger, it is expected that the number of obese patients is being increased. Obese patients suffer from different co-morbidities,that are huge challenges to anaesthesiologists. Difficult airway, intra-operative ven...

2019-01-01

Obesity and dermatological disease

Dr. Johnny Chun Yin CHAN - Council member, HKOS Obesity is traditionally linked to various skin conditions. Acanthosis nigricans and acrochordons (skin tags) are common cutaneous manifestations associated with metabolic syndrome and obesity. Obesity is also known to increase the prevalence of various cutaneous infections including bacterial (furuncles, pyogenic folliculitis, erythrasma) and...

2019-01-01

Obesity and the Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Velda Ling Yu CHOW - Council Member, HKOS Management of obese patients comprises a multidisciplinary team approach. Recent advances in metabolic surgery and bariatric surgery offers a chance of weight loss in carefully selected patients. Massive weight reduction is defined as the loss of greater than 100lb of weight or 100% above a person’s ideal weight. It can cause significan...

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