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Hyderabad, India

On the eve of World Obesity Day Global Obesity Support Group a decade old initiative from Global Hospitals had organized day-long programs to celebrate the Day. Various events were organized with patients who underwent bariatric surgery or who undertook a weight loss program at Global Hospitals.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. K. Ravindranath, Chairman & Founder Global Hospitals said, “apart from having an internally acknowledged bariatric program, Global Hospitals had set up the Global Obesity Support Group a decade back. Global Obesity Support Group aims to bring together the Hospitals’ specialists and patients currently suffering with obesity and those who have earlier overcome the problem. The Support Group during its meetings endeavors to help the patients understand and appreciate the various treatment solutions available to address obesity in a motivating and encouraging environment”.

“Behavior plays a significant role in obesity. Modifying behaviors that have contributed to developing obesity is one way to treat the disease either alone or in conjunction with other treatments. A few suggested behavior modifiers include: changing eating habits, increasing physical activity, becoming educated about the body and how to nourish it appropriately, engaging in a support group and setting realistic weight management goals”, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. K.S. Lakshmi, Senior Consultant – Minimal Access, Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery, Global Hospitals, said, “As per official estimate six 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 age children and adolescents. This is alarming and the time has now come to act else it might be too late.”

“All those who participated in the program today were once morbidly obese patients. But with the right kind of treatment at the correct 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,” she added.

According to the World Health Organization, 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.

What is even more alarming is that annually 18.2 per cent of children in the age group of two to 17 years suffer from obesity. 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.

About Global Hospitals
Global Hospitals is a chain of multi-super specialty hospitals in India offering tertiary and quaternary healthcare services with over 2,000 beds and state-of the-art, world-class hospitals in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai. A pioneer in kidney, liver, heart and lung transplants, Global Hospitals provide comprehensive multi-organ transplant services in the country. It is part of Parkway Pantai, a fully owned subsidiary of IHH Healthcare.

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About Parkway Pantai
Parkway Pantai is one of Asia’s largest integrated private healthcare groups operating in Singapore, Malaysia, India, China, Brunei and United Arab Emirates. For over 40 years, its Mount Elizabeth, Gleneagles, Parkway, Parkway Health and Pantai brands have established themselves as the region’s best known brands in private healthcare, synonymous with best-in-class patient experience and outcomes.

Leveraging its global track record for medical excellence and managing world-class hospitals, Parkway Pantai is committed to making a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care, steadily expanding its reach in markets where demand for quality care is strong and growing.

Parkway Pantai is a leading healthcare player in its home markets of Singapore, Malaysia and India and key growth markets of China and Hong Kong.

It is part of IHH Healthcare, the world’s second largest healthcare group by market capitalisation. IHH operates more than 10,000 licensed beds across 52 hospitals in 10 countries worldwide, offering the full spectrum of integrated healthcare services from clinics to hospitals to quaternary care and a wide range of ancillary services including medical education.

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