A recent study, conducted by researchers at the State University of New York, analyzes gross domestic product and its relationship to obesity in 147 countries. The report, published in the journal ‘PLOS ONE’, reveals that as GDP increases in a country, so does the obesity rate, although there are doubts about the factors that influence this to occur. So, is it the highest obesity rate in countries with high GDP per capita?


Previously, the opposite hypothesis was raised, which is that as countries reach higher levels of income, obesity decreases due to a greater capacity to invest in health. However, the new study reveals that, although the relationship between obesity and GDP is weaker when income is higher, it is still positive. The study shows that when there is a 1% increase in a country’s GDP, obesity rates increase by 1.23% in men and 1.0% in women.

In addition, it is also latent that this positive relationship of both rates is stronger in those countries that have higher levels of political globalization, although it weakens in those that have higher levels of urbanization, as well as those that stand out for a higher fraction of agricultural production in GDP.

Looking ahead, the researchers predict that obesity rates will continue to grow, from 17.7% in 2014 to 21.6% in 2024.

What is not addressed in the analysis, and which may be interesting for future research, is how income inequality within a country can affect the relationship between GDP and obesity.

Obesity is a problem that affects a large part of the population and poses real health risks. In Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery in Vadodara, Gujarat, India we bet on effective solutions for morbid obesity, always taking into account the characteristics and needs of each patient.


The laparoscopy has become a very common surgical technique that allows the surgeon to visualize the pelvic-abdominal cavity through an optical lens. It is a minimally invasive method for the patient and that we use regularly for stomach reduction interventions such as gastric bypass and gastric sleeve. What are its main characteristics?


  • Very minimally invasive surgery: it allows to perform the same surgical intervention that is performed openly, but minimizing aggression as much as possible. In it, large incisions are not made or the hands are used inside, but very fine instruments are introduced that make the surgery more precise and much less aggressive for the patient. The surgeon performs the same operations as with traditional surgery, but with much smaller incisions.
  • A faster recovery: the patient spends less time in the hospital after laparoscopic surgery. As there is less aggression, there is less damage to the abdominal wall, since these are very small incisions. The appearance of hernias is reduced, something very common in open surgeries.
  • It is performed for different types of interventions: most intestinal surgeries can be performed with laparoscopic surgery. Also, bariatric or obesity surgeries, removal of the gallbladder, appendix or spleen, for example, anti-reflux or hiatal hernia surgeries, gynecological surgeries and many others.

Laparoscopic surgery depends on the specific circumstances of each patient, who must be evaluated to see what is the best solution for their problem.

As we well known in Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery, the technique has been an advance in surgical interventions, providing great advantages for patients, who recover faster than through conventional surgery.


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