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Obesity is a disease, not part of life : Dr Baskaran

05th May 2017

Many communities don’t take obesity as a disease, they take it as a part of life.

This is according to Madras Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (MIOT) Pacific Hospitals, Professor Dr Vasudevan Baskaran, during a session he had with the Fiji Hindu Society earlier in the week.

Dr Baskaran said 42 per cent of women and 22 per cent of men in Fiji were obese according to the Ministry of Health data, which is deemed ‘very high and have a high risk of dying early unless something is done about it’.

He had a presentation on the types of obesity and weight loss procedures as well as a question and answer session with the audience.

Most questions centered on the types of food to consume to lose weight and its health benefits, the types of surgeries that people go through to lose weight and the difference between cholesterol and fat.

“The session is open to all members of the public and anyone who is interested on topics such as this,” said the Fiji Hindu Society secretary, Daljeet Maharaj.

Mr Maharaj hopes that through their society they can tell people what they’re doing and what the benefits of such sessions are. About 30 people turned up for the session. Such sessions will be held on the last Sunday of every month.

The session titled: Medical Talk on Obesity and Weight Loss (War on Weight) was held at the Muanivatu SanatanDharam Ram Mandir Hall in Laucala Bay, Suva.

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