LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- A May 3 article on Daily Mail UK reports that a Pakistani boy believed by his doctors to be the heaviest known youngster worldwide will soon be undergoing potentially life-saving bariatric surgery. The child, Mohammed Arbrar, is 10 years old and appears to suffer from a lifelong condition in which his appetite is virtually never satiated. The boy now weighs over 400 pounds, a weight that is considered to be life-threatening even for tall fully grown adults. Los Angeles-based weight loss clinic Dr. Feiz & Associates says that, while this is obviously a very extreme case, there appears to be real hope for the child, and it helps illustrate how bariatric surgery is now regularly saving the lives of formerly severely obese individuals.
Dr. Feiz & Associates says that for patients who are considered morbidly obese with serious health issues, weight loss surgery is sometimes the only realistic path they can take. The reason that the statistics on weight loss without surgery are so discouraging, says the clinic, is that the human body has a mechanism seemingly designed to maintain a person's typical weight, whether or not that weight is a healthy one. The weight loss clinic explains that ghrelin, often referred to as the hunger hormone, is one likely vehicle for this mechanism. It can help make it exceptionally difficult for individuals to lose large amounts of weight without rapidly gaining it back, simply because more and more ghrelin is produced as an individual starts to lose weight. Long-term dieters thus experience impossible to ignore pangs of hunger that may be similar to the drives that have plagued the unfortunate Pakistani boy. The clinic points out that the child's doctors will be performing a version of its most commonly prescribed procedure: a sleeve gastrectomy, which is becoming the gold standard in bariatric treatment due to its success in helping to quiet patients' appetites.
Dr. Feiz & Associates adds that bariatric surgery can offer patients a real opportunity for a second chance at life. Ultimately, the clinic says, bariatric surgery is not by itself a cure-all for obesity and its accompanying complications, but it does give patients some degree of feelings of hunger, and therefore the space to do the work of permanently reforming their lifelong eating habits.
Interested readers can find out more about Dr. Feiz & Associates by visiting its website at https://www.drfeiz.com/. Alternatively, the weight loss clinic can be reached by calling (310) 855-8058. Dr. Feiz & Associates is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
SOURCE Dr. Feiz & Associates
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