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"Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus" has gained the distinction of epidemic proportions and has evolved as one of the most serious public health problems in the 21st century. Today, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is one of the non communicable diseases which is rapidly growing with nearly 300 million people affected worldwide and 450 million people predicted to have been afflicted with the disease by 2030. Even more alarming is the fact that obesity is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, with a rising prevalence in adults and children.

"Bariatric and metabolic surgery" has been recently gaining importance as an effective tool to combat this deadly disease. Reports from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its umbrella organizations comprising of more than 200 national diabetes association's from more than 160 countries, indicate that surgical intervention prevents progressive complications of diabetes, and curtails expenses incurred by the medical care system.

The Bariatric & Metabolic International (BMI) Surgery Center of E-Da hospital is the first accredited International Center of Excellence (ICE) for Bariatric Surgery in the Asia-Pacific region. It organized and hosted the "1st International Excellence Forum" in 2010, to establish a platform for the propagation of surgical knowledge and expertise among surgeons worldwide. Following its immense success, theInternational Excellence Federation (IEF) was formed to provide a resourceful network for centers to share, contribute and exchange their opinions, data and results.