Maharashtra government's Medical Education and Drugs Department along with ‘JT Foundation’ has launched "Fight Obesity", an obesity awareness initiative today. Girish Mahajan, minister for medical education and water resources launched this campaign simultaneously across medical colleges in Maharashtra.
The dignitaries at the inaugural function were Dr Jayashree Todkar, Convener of Fight Obesity Campaign & director of JT Foundation, Dr Pravin Shingare, director, Medical Education and Research; Dr Vinayak Kale, Dr Ajay Bhandarwar, head of Department for Laproscopy at J J Hospitals; Dr Nagsen Ramtaje and Dr Saadhik Patel.
Under the leadership of chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis who strives to fight the increasing prevalence of obesity and serious lifestyle diseases associated with it. The state government has formed a task force that will work on the awareness correction, prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
As per recent statistics, in a country with 1.25 billion populations, 87.3 million are obese, out of which 12 million have severe obesity. But the growing cases of obesity have led to World Health Organization (WHO) warning India to recognize the threat to life of the Indian population by this disease and take preventive measures to fight obesity. This is also one of the causes for many below the age of 40 suffering from heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases in India.
To address this high alert situation in the country, a month long campaign that will end on December 29 was also launched. Across 16 medical colleges in various districts of Maharashtra, a BMI testing will be done for medical students, teaching, non-teaching staff and patients at the outpatient department.
"This being a one of a kind initiative in our country, we are glad that we are taking this step to curb a life threatening condition among the current generation. I feel very proud that alon with this inauguration ceremony, every medical educational institute within the state will now have a dedicated obesity clinic. We hope that this month long campaign will help develop a healthier Nation," said Girish Mahajan, minister for medical education, water resources and command area development.
Dr Jayashree Todkar, director, JT Foundation said, "Unfortunately, Obesity is considered a cosmetic problem in our country but it is a health hazard and it is very essential for those who are obese to consult a doctor and learn to maintain a healthier lifestyle. This campaign will help us understand the obese pockets in the state and help in taking remedial measures and provide awareness sessions for them. I would like to thank the State Government to provide us with such a platform, also IDA and AAARO for supporting our initiative.”