09 Oct '11, 9pm

More turning to surgery to fight the flab: According to the hospitals, on average, 5 per cent of weight loss sur...

SINGAPORE - Mr Hamide Awi (picture), could easily wolf down five plates of rice during meal times in the past. These days, however, it takes some effort to finish even one plate of it. Last November, Mr Hamide, 44, who had diabetes, underwent a gastric bypass at the National University Hospital (NUH) - where his small intestine was cut and reconnected - to reduce his food intake. As a result, the taxi driver shed 30kg from his 100kg frame. He is also no longer diabetic, having had the condition for five years. Acknowledging the inherent risks in weight-loss surgery - there have been two reported deaths since 2001 - he said: "But with all the medical improvements, it should be okay … I just want to be healthy." Mr Hamide is among the growing number of people here seeking surgery to fight the flab. The procedures include gastric banding, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve - k...

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