Toning down the obesity meter

Toning down the obesity meter
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On the occasion of World Obesity Day on Sunday, Global Hospitals, Lakdikapul, organised day-long programmes with patients who underwent bariatric surgery or a weight loss programme at the hospital.

Global Hospitals organised day-long events to observe World Obesity Day

On the occasion of World Obesity Day on Sunday, Global Hospitals, Lakdikapul, organised day-long programmes with patients who underwent bariatric surgery or a weight loss programme at the hospital.

With the theme ‘Life is a celebration, Make sure it’s inspiring’, programmes such as a health quiz, fashion show, global super chef contest and singing and talent quest were organised.

“India currently is at the 176th position among all the countries with regard to the number of obese people. As per official estimates five per cent of our total population is obese. During the past three decades the number of people with obesity related issues has doubled from pre-school children and adolescents. This is alarming and the time has now come to act else it might be too late,” Dr K Ravindranath, chairman and managing director, Global Hospitals Group, said.

“All those who participated in the programme were once morbidly obese patients. But with the right treatment at the right time they were able to overcome their obesity related problems and are currently leading a healthy lifestyle. Also, obesity can lead to other complications and can have dire consequences,” he added.

According to the World Health Organisation, morbidly obese people are those whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is above 30 i.e. they are people who need to lose at least 30 to 40 kilos of their body weight to get relief from the negative effects of excess weight and the medical problems associated with it.

“The fundamental cause of obesity and overweight is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended. People generally have increased the intake of energy-dense foods that are high in fat, salt and sugars but low in vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients. Also there has been a decrease in physical activity due to the increasingly sedentary nature of many forms of work, changing modes of transportation and increasing urbanisation,” said Dr KS Lakshmi, senior consultant - minimal access, bariatric and metabolic surgery, Global Hospitals.

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