With the emergence of capitalism and rise of romantic consumerism, currently the wheels of industry are spinning faster than ever. From being a disturbed and deprived region in the past, Asia has steadily risen in the global economic growth chart. This newfound affluence has led to a lot of positive changes in the arena of healthcare in terms of increased life expectancy, a significant decrease in child mortality, and reduction in infectious diseases. The standard of living of an average Asian today is much higher as compared to 50 years ago, and the caloric intake of an ordinary Asian today is easily double or triple of those consumed by his ancestors. This has tilted the scales toward obesity, and as we battle malnutrition on one end, most Asian countries today are facing a concomitant epidemic of obesity and related disorders especially type 2 diabetes mellitus.
KeywordsBariatric surgery Metabolic surgery Asia Single incision surgery Low BMI surgery History
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