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Need to regulate eating pattern to control obesity, says expert

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Awareness meet organised by The Hindu in association with Doctors and Doctors Plaza

T. Narayana Rao
T. Narayana Rao

The percentage of obese people in India has gone up to 49 per cent from 15 per cent in the last six years. Obesity is a complex and non-communicable disease which not only has a negative impact on every part of the human body but also reduces a person’s lifespan. One should keep a tab of calories consumed and calories burned, Professor of Surgery at Andhra Medical College and chief surgeon of King George Hospital T. Narayana Rao has said.

Speaking at an obesity awareness programme organised by The Hindu in association with Doctors and Doctors Plaza at AU Platinum Jubilee Guest House here on Sunday, he underlined the need to regulate eating patterns and control obesity before it blows out of proportion. “With the influence of western culture, sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise and overeating, controlling weight has gone for a toss. Also environmental, behavioural and genetic factors contribute to obesity. When you can manage your weight, everything else falls into place,” Dr. Narayana Rao explained.

“Behavioural modification, planning sensible meals that include balanced and nutritional diet and working out five days a week would help those who are 15 kg above than their body mass index. However, morbid obesity (50 per cent more than their normal body weight) can opt for bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery),” he said. There is no substitute for eating healthy food, exercising daily, sleeping at least for eight hours a day and staying active. Those who already have hypertension and diabetes are at high risk of becoming obese.

The surgeon suggested that physicians in the city should keep a tab of such cases. He cautioned against use of any pills that reduce the bodyweight as it causes a lot of side effects apart from hormonal imbalance.

Those who have undergone bariatric surgery also have shared their experience at the event. Regional general manager of The Hindu T.V. Suresh and Professor of Andhra University K. Parvathi, among others, were present.


  • There is no substitute for eating healthy food and exercising daily: expert

  • ‘Those who already have hypertension and diabetes are at high risk of becoming obese’



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