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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.

  • Women tend to carry excess fat around hips and thighs as opposed to abdomen in men. For this reason they are at greater risk of gall bladder disease and diabetes.
  • Female type obesity is less harmful than male type obesity.
  • An average woman has 15% body fat as opposed to 27% in average man, which is a good sign.
  • A woman's obesity is caused partly by healthy body fat in their hips and thighs. A man's body fat is more likely to be unhealthy body fat in their stomach.
  • Obese female has less visceral fat than obese man which is definitely a good sign. But these visceral fat levels rapidly rise after menopause bringing them at par with men.
  • Fat distribution in postmenopausal women is abdominal akin to men.
  • Women have less muscle mass than men.
  • Calorie restriction, as a weight loss solution is more effective in women than in men.
  • Needless to say, fertility is an obesity risk factor in women but not obviously in men.
  • Obesity is a risk factor for women in breast cancer.
  • Obesity causes menstrual irregularities.
There is also an interesting observation with obesity as a sociological factor. High socioeconomic status is correlated with reduced obesity rates in women, but not men. The point is, the lesser obese you are, the higher socioeconomic status your country has.

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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