NewZNew (Chandigarh): As many as 200 people including sr citizens, doctors, nurses and staff of Max Super Speciality Hospital (MSSH), Mohali participated in an anti- obesity walkathon at Sector -42 Lake here today. The walkathon was conducted by MSSH in association with Mohali Sr Citizen Association & Sr. Citizens Association Manimajra to mark World Anti Obesity Day. The walkthon focused on the concept of ‘Flab is Bad’ which was an ability of shedding weight by walking.
It was flagged off by Mr. Sandeep Dogra, VP-Operations, MSSH and Chief Guest of occasion , Ms. Urvija Goel, IPS, ASP- South Division, Chandigarh. During occasion, a patient information booklet ‘There is so much to gain by Loosing’ was also unveiled by the doctors from General surgery team of Max Hospital comprising of Dr NM Gupta, Dr Manmohan Singh Bedi, Dr KS Dhillon and Ms. Shivani Gulati, Sr. Clinical Nutritionist and Weight Management Specialist. The docs later conducted a health seminar for the participants and disseminated important information on weight loss and diet control. The launch of ‘Max Obesity Clinic’ was announced during occasion.
Speaking during occasion, Ms. Goel said that aaccording to a study published in ‘Lancet’, India was the 3rd most obese country in the world, just behind US and China. It was shocking for a country where 270 million people live below the poverty line.”
Mr. Gill commented that more and more people were falling prey to excess body weight courtesy lifestyle disorders. Younger people were developing joint disorders and knee pain. Excessive weight was associated with a series of health problems, including bp, diabetes , cardiovascular ailments and osteoarthritis. The prevalence of obesity was greater in urban areas and women were more affected than men.”
Dr NM Gupta, Principal Consultant, GI Surgery, MSSH said that according to 2007 national health family survey data, 30.3 per cent of males and 37.5 per cent females were obese in Punjab. Traditionally known for malnutrition, Indians now reported more frequently with overweight, obesity, and their consequences. The percentage of women who were overweight or obese was highest in Punjab with nearly 30%.
Giving information on bariatric surgery Dr Manmohan Bedi explained that Bariatric surgery included a variety of procedures performed on people who were unable to lose weight through dieting.
Hailing Walking as a calorie burner, Dr KS Dhillon, Sr. Consultant, General Surgery said that walking helped to burn those unwanted pounds in an effective manner. Tips on healthy diet and nutrition were given out by Ms. Gulati.
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