Obesity

Weight-Less-Life-Wales (WLLW)

Achieve Optimal Weight Loss and Improve Health
WLLW is a National Institute for clinical Excellence (NICE)-compliant weight management service

Mission
Dedication to excellence in delivery of Anti-Obesity surgery in Wales

WLLW is a specialist bariatric service delivering all types of anti-obesity (Weight Losing) surgery such as laparoscopic gastric banding, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, open and laparoscopic 'Roux-en-y' gastric bypass and gastric balloon insertion.

Our weight management program includes advice on diet, exercise, lifestyle, behavioral modification and drug therapy.

The benefits of weight loss

  • Reduction of blood cholesterol levels
  • Better blood pressure control
  • Better control of diabetes
  • Increased life-expectancy
  • Improved quality of life
  • Cure of sleep apnea

Services Provided
Life-Long Follow-Up for all Surgical Interventions
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Laparoscopic Gastric Banding
Gastric Balloon Insertion
Supervised Exercising
Supervised Dieting
Special dieting

Director


Ashraf Rasheed a Lead Laparoscopic & Weight Loss Consultant Surgeon

Consultations
Clinics are held at Swansea, Cardiff and Newport

24 Hour Help line and Consultations Booking
Call 07951 760 967

What is Obesity?
Obesity means severely overweight.

What is Morbid Obesity?
Morbid means causing illness or disease, so morbid obesity means severe obesity to the point of causing or aggravating serious, life-threatening illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis and cancer.

What are the Dangers of Morbid Obesity?
Hundreds of citizens of Wales die every year from complications of morbid obesity (those with a BMI greater than 35). More specifically, they develop diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure, sleep apnea, and immobility due to degenerating joints. Heart attack is the most common cause of death in obese people.

What is BMI?
BMI stands for Body Mass Index and indicates the degree of excess fat (obesity) one is carrying. BMI is individual's wt in Kg divided by square of the height in meters.

Am I Obese?
'Overweight' is defined as a person who has a BMI of greater than 25. Persons with a BMI of 30 or more are defined as obese and those with a BMI over 40 are deemed to be morbidly obese.

Interpreting your Body Mass Index (BMI):
Under 18.5 is underweight
18.5 - 25 is healthy weight
25 - 30 is overweight
30 - 40 is obese
over 40 is severely obese.

Is Obesity Common in the UK?
Obesity is more common in the UK than in any other European country; 2% of the population (21% women & 17% men) have a BMI >35 and obesity-related disease. 15% of school children are obese. Severe obesity reduces life expectancy by an average 9 years.

Obesity- The Health Risk
Severe obesity is a degenerative and debilitating disease. The national institute of health reports that obesity substantially raises the risk of morbidity (illness) and mortality (death) from coronary artery disease (narrowing of the arteries feeding the heart muscle), diabetes mellitus, strokes, hypertension, sleep apnea, respiratory problems and osteoarthritis.

BMI Classification Level of Health Risk
Under 18.5 underweight Minimal
18.5 24.9 healthy weight Minimal
25 29.9 Overweight Increased
30 -34.9 Obese High
35 39.9 Severely Obese Very High
40 and over Morbidly Obese Extremely High

This substantial increase in health risks made obesity the second leading cause of preventable death after smoking.

Obesity- The Other Problems
In addition to the health problems, many morbidly obese patients are subjected to many social and relationship problems. Properly fitting clothes are difficult to find, with less selection, restaurant, theater and airplane seats are small and uncomfortable, health insurance is more difficult and more expensive to obtain, job opportunities may not be made available to you.

Weight Loss - The Benefits
Anti-obesity surgery can be successful in achieving dramatic weight loss. Hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, sleep apnea and asthma are controlled or resolved in 90% of cases upon the loss of weight and the excess fat.

There are several options available for anti-obesity surgery; Weight-Less-Life-Wales expert team will guide you through and help you in choosing the most appropriate treatment.