Celebrating World Obesity Day – March 4th, 2020 | Ethicon

(gentle music) – My name Stuart, I’m 29 years old, and I’m from Melbourne, Victoria. While I was overweight,
my self-esteem was low. It was hard to be the big
guy, it was embarrassing. I think I exhausted all my other options, anything that we could do, nothing stuck. We would get success on some things, so you know, a 10-kilo
loss here and there, but it always rose back up. – Obesity is perhaps the
most common of the new breed of diseases that are
chronic, that are relapsing, that are managed but can’t be cured. Most people think that obesity occurs because we eat too much. But the best science doesn’t support that. That misunderstanding,
unfortunately, leads to stigma, which interferes with the
development of new therapies, and interferes with people getting access to those therapies when
they are developed. – For many patients, diet and exercise have not worked for them. Diet and exercise may
work to a certain limit, but they cannot go beyond
perhaps five to 10% of their excess weight. There is a physiology
for weight homeostasis, and for some patients, this
homeostasis is disordered. So surgery is certainly more
effective in the long term. It’s very low risk, and
it certainly is effective in helping them lose their weight. – Bariatric surgery changes lives. Even people who don’t have
many medical complications of obesity, because of stigma, the social and financial implications
of obesity are enormous. So just by dealing with those, surgery, it can be very effective. – When I talk to patients
about when they decided to actually finally
have bariatric surgery, there typically was an aha
moment where they realized that their type 2 diabetes,
their hypertension, their sleep apnea was gonna prevent them from spending the life
with their loved ones. And that’s one of the insights
that if you treat obesity, you by in turn treat all of these other complicating
conditions, so why just treat the symptoms and not just
address the root cause? – Ethicon’s had a great
legacy since the late ’90s in the care of obesity. We know 800 million people
around the world live with obesity, but less than
1% of the patient population is getting surgery. That, to me, is a big injustice. – I get to think about patients
who suffer from disease like obesity, and how we can
make a bigger difference, not just in the devices that
we develop to treat them in surgery, but to remove
barriers to policy changes, to consensus guidelines,
to make surgery safer, and develop even new treatments to be able to make a bigger impact in their future. – Surgery was a huge success. I feel better, I look better. I live on the beach, so running my dogs on the beach is what I do for fitness. It makes me feel fantastic. I think I’m living my life to the fullest. When I look at photos
of myself previously, it’s like looking at a
different person, and it’s, I don’t wanna be that
person anymore, and I’m not. – We at Ethicon are rallying together with healthcare professionals,
obesity societies, patient advocacy groups,
and health systems around the world to raise
awareness about obesity as a disease, and end the stigma against people living with it. Come join us to win this
fight against obesity.