Mahendra Narwaria often conducts at least one weight loss surgery every day. As director of Ahmedabad-based Asian Bariatrics, which he claims is Asia’s largest weight loss and diabetes surgery speciality centre, he has operated on patients whose body mass index (BMI)—a measure of body-fat based on height and weight—and the diseases they suffer from classify them as obese. Patients both young and old walk through his doors, their weight anywhere between 60 to 1oo kilograms. Hundreds each year. But Narwaria believes many more Indians need access to bariatric surgery.
In India, Narwaria is a pioneer of sorts when it comes to bariatric surgery—a procedure that reduces the size of the stomach, curbing appetite to help patients shed excess weight and manage conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and fatty liver disease.