Let’s join hands to fight obesity

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), obesity is one of the most common, yet among the most neglected, public health problems in both developed and developing countries.

India, with 1.2 billion people is the second most populous country in the world and is currently experiencing rapid epidemiological transition. Incidence of obesity is increasing rapidly. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in India in the 21st century with morbid obesity affecting 5% of the country’s population. It is more prevalent in urban population and females. Childhood obesity is also on the rise particularly in urban India. Obesity has deleterious effects on all body systems particularly obesity and diabetes are mutually related.

Obesity is just one of many health conditions where consumer education for empowerment is important to improve their own health.

Currently, there are a large number of websites with information on obesity, healthy eating and weight management available to consumers on their personal computers, tablets and other mobile devices. Also, many self – claimed diet specialists particularly at Health clubs and centres advise clients regarding weight management prescribing unscientific diets and dietary methods. Unfortunately, a large majority of public fall prey to both sources and non- professional advises. It is the responsibility of health care professionals including Nutritionists and Dieticians to create awareness among public and offer proper guidance based on reliable and evidence based scientific information. On part of the consumer while seeking such information they are advised to look for Accuracy, Authority, Objectivity of the information provider. Therefore, it is important to seek professional help and follow the recommended steps to minimize any potential health risks from unreliable resources.

Anti-Obesity Day (AOD) is observed in various parts of the world on November 26, with several healthcare organizations and Media to highlight how Obesity is a public health hazard. Campaigns against obesity are much needed to ensure a healthy India.

The Post Graduate Dept of Food Science & Nutrition, University of Mysore has been offering post graduate course in Foods Science & Nutrition since 1970 and in 2013 has introduced a specialization in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics to train and meet the job opportunities in hospitals, clinics and health clubs.

Since inception the dept has been organizing several programs related to health and nutrition for various target groups since inception in 1970. On this occasion too, in association with the Indian Dietetic Association- Mysore chapter (IDA), a daylong event for the benefit of the public is planned, comprising of lectures, quiz, demonstration of low- calorie / healthy recipes and educational exhibits on obesity, its prevalence, causes, prevention and remedies.

A special attraction of the event- Participants interested to achieve weight loss can enrol for a long term study wherein they will be given personalized diet and medical care by professionals with frequent follow-up with a nominal fee.

Who can participate- Public and Campus faculty can avail this opportunity.

Interested may contact the department or IDA members to register on payment of nominal fee. Contact numbers- dept office- 2419636, 77602 19901 Mr Chandan Vinay, treasurer, IDA, 96202 14809 Ms Greena Menezes  secretary, IDA on or before 15 Nov 2016.     Event date:  Nov 26

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