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Careful attention to minute differences in biological and metabolic processes existing between men and women is one of our core strengths. This strength aids us in precisely tailoring different but apt obesity solutions for men and women. We strongly believe in the fact that the nature, causes, and burden of obesity and severity of obesity related health disorders are different among various population groups including men and women. As an example, we treat an Asian-Indian differently than others. This is because Asians have small body frames than Westerners. For this reason, the cut-off values we consider to define overweight and obesity for an Asian-Indian are 23 and 25 respectively instead of the conventional values of 25 and 30.

There are more obese women than obese men on earth. Female obesity rates are rising faster than male obesity rates. Waist circumference and waist to hip ratio in addition to BMI are useful measurements in evaluating obesity. These help us in the estimation of central obesity. A waist to hip ratio of more than 0.9 among men and more than 0.8 in women is considered as central obesity. Central obesity is a strong risk factor for coronary heart disease and insulin resistance. The cut-off levels for waist circumference for Asian-Indians are 80 cm for women and 90 cm for women.

Gender based differences of obesity do exist. All these differences have been taken into consideration by us before offering our solutions. In addition to several others, below is a small list, for a general reader to ponder, of gender based differences of obesity that we take into consideration while designing an obesity solution.

  • Men tend to carry excess fat around abdomen as opposed to hips and thighs in women. For this reason, they are at higher risk than their female counterparts for developing colorectal cancer, stroke and osteoarthritis.
  • Male type obesity is more harmful than female type obesity.
  • Average man has 27% body fat as opposed to 15% in an average woman.
  • A man’s body fat is more likely to be unhealthy body fat in their stomach whereas a woman’s obesity is caused partly by healthy body fat in their hips and thighs.
  • Obese male has more visceral fat than obese woman which is definitely a bad sign.
  • Men have roughly twice the percentage of muscle mass than women.
  • Calorie restriction, as a weight loss solution is more effective in men than in women.
The bottom line is – the burden of obesity and the severity of obesity related health conditions vary among men and women. Naturally, then, the obesity solutions offered should be different. Prefer a clinic like ours which thoroughly understands these differences and offers advice and treatment according to these differences.

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