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The Weight of a Nation: BDMS Wellness Clinic Raises Awareness About Thailand's 47.8% Obesity Rate for World Obesity Day

Dr. Jira Thawornpradit, Director of RoyalLife Wellness Bangkok, Dr. Pichaporn Thanapongsathorn, Assistant Director of BDMS Wellness Clinic and Dr. Peter Scott, Director of Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Clinic.

Bangkok, 6th March 2024 - According to data from the Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health in Thailand, the prevalence of overweight adults has reached a staggering 47.8% in 2022, marking a significant increase from 34.7% in 2016. Moreover, the Office of Nutrition's 2020 report revealed a surge in obesity rates among both men and women, with Bangkok bearing the brunt of this health crisis. As March 4th marks World Obesity Day, BDMS Wellness Clinic in Bangkok is raising awareness to tackle Thailand's growing obesity problem. With obesity becoming increasingly prevalent and associated health risks escalating, BDMS Wellness Clinic wants to help by educating people about the problem and offering new ways to manage weight effectively.

Dr. Jira Thawornpradit, Director of RoyalLife Wellness Bangkok

"Obesity is a serious issue for Thais; it's a complex health condition that leads to many other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as high blood pressure, insomnia, bone and joint disease, chronic fatigue, cancer and more. All of which are diseases that are increasing among the Thai population," said Dr. Jira Thawornpradit, Director of RoyalLife Wellness Bangkok. "Understanding the root causes of obesity and its effects on the Thai population is crucial to developing effective prevention and management strategies."

BDMS Wellness Clinic's strategy is rooted in a holistic understanding of weight management. Traditional diets and fitness regimes often fail to produce sustainable results, leading to the frustrating "yo-yo effect" of weight loss and gain. The clinic's program, however, is designed to break this cycle by focusing on the individual as a whole.

Dr. Pichaporn Thanapongsathorn, Assistant Director of BDMS Wellness Clinic

"Our approach is comprehensive, integrating the latest in genetic research, gut microbiome analysis, and mental health support to craft personalized plans based on the individual's appetite and metabolic rate.," explains Dr. Pichaporn Thanapongsathorn, Assistant Director of BDMS Wellness Clinic. "By considering the unique genetic makeup and lifestyle of each client, we can create highly effective, personalized weight management strategies."

"Unlocking your DNA and understanding your body's metabolic rate are vital, yet often overlooked, components of effective weight management, acting as both the foundation and the catalyst for sustainable health transformations. By combining this deep biological insight with appetite control, we can tailor a weight management journey that is highly personalized and effective, emphasizing the critical connection between your genetic blueprint and your body's unique needs.” Dr. Thanapongsathorn added.

One of the key principles of the Weight Management Clinic is the collaborative approach of a medical prevention team and a team of personal trainers. This involves utilizing blood test results, including examinations of appetite and metabolic rate, which vary for each individual, along with a standard and highly accurate DEXA Scan for measuring the body compositions including fat levels. This comprehensive approach aims to create personalized exercise plans that address both the body's needs and the patient's goals. Whether you're looking to build muscle for better proportions or seeking sustainable weight loss, we tailor the exercise plans to meet individual needs.

Dr. Peter Scott, Director of Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Clinic.

“Our ultimate goal is to equip individuals with the knowledge and tools they need to sustainably maintain a healthy weight and lead fulfilling lives.” said Dr. Peter Scott, Director of Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Clinic.

To raise awareness about World Obesity Day and the growing problem in Thailand, the preventive medicine specialists at BDMS Wellness Clinic recommend a weight management approach that combines four key components to ensure effective and long-term weight management.

The Four Key Components to Weight Management

  1. Food is not just about eating less but eating right. The clinic's nutritionists work closely with clients to develop meal plans that are nutritious, satisfying, and tailored to individual dietary needs and preferences. This personalized approach ensures that food becomes a source of health and joy, rather than restriction.

  2. Appetite regulation is crucial, as it influences food intake and choices. The clinic's comprehensive assessments help understand each client's unique appetite triggers and patterns. By addressing the psychological and physiological aspects of appetite, the program aids clients in developing healthier eating habits that support weight management goals.

  3. Metabolism, the body’s energy conversion process, is influenced by many factors that relate to the succession of weight management. Genetic variations can lead to differences in metabolic efficiency. Hormones like thyroid hormones, testosterone and adiponectin can regulate metabolism, while imbalances can disrupt it. Toxins in food and the environment can interfere with metabolic function. Muscle mass index plays a key role, as muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue. Overall, a holistic approach and understanding your basal metabolic rate are crucial factors for managing your weight.

  4. Exercise is tailored to fit the client's unique physical condition and weight management objectives. Whether the aim is to build muscle or lose fat, personalized exercise plans are designed to be enjoyable, sustainable, and effective, ensuring clients remain motivated and engaged throughout their journey.

By integrating these four components into a cohesive program, BDMS Wellness Clinic offers a holistic and effective approach to weight management. This methodology not only addresses the immediate goal of weight reduction but also empowers clients with the knowledge and habits necessary for long-term health and wellness.

If you want to take control of your health and future, contact BDMS Wellness Clinic at02-826-9999 or for more information about weight management.


About BDMS Wellness Clinic

BDMS Wellness Clinic, a pivotal entity within the Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS) network—Thailand's leading operator of private hospitals—embodies a forward-thinking approach to healthcare, prioritizing prevention over cure. Specializing in early detection and prevention of diseases, our clinic offers a holistic suite of services, including advanced dental care and fertility treatments. Leveraging cutting-edge science and technology, BDMS Wellness Clinic not only anticipates future health challenges but also enhances the quality of life, marking its stature as Asia's premier healthcare facility dedicated to elevating both mental and physical well-being.

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