After saluting the national flag at his school in Old Washermenpet, Dhilly Ganesh, a class VIII student, wasted no time to get to the Madras Medical College. He was eager to find out how he fared in the essay competition on the topic – ‘Food for healthy life' organised by MMC's Surgical Gastroenterology Department. The prize distribution took place as part of the Republic Day celebrations on Thursday.
“I wrote about consuming nutritious food, reducing oil intake and not eating too many chocolates,” he said, before quickly adding that he has not been very successful in cutting back on the sweets. He, however, had to wait patiently for the results, as the audience was involved in an animated interactive session with two nutritionists, Varsha and Gomathy Sivaji, who helped clear all their doubts about healthy diets.
“Can you please tell us if there are any ill-effects of re-heating old food stored in the fridge?”, “What constitutes a balanced meal”, and “Is a size zero figure healthy?” For that last question, Dr.Varsha, said: “Size zero is like the dimensions of a Barbie doll. Her body structure makes her a non-functional woman who cannot menstruate or produce babies. No one should aspire to be size zero.”
V.Palani, medical superintendent, Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, spoke about the ill-effects of junk food and urged the audience not to let their children consume such foods. “Eat at the right time by keeping a routine for yourself,” he said.
S.M. Chandramohan, head of the Surgical Gastroenterology department, who coined the title for the essay competition, said 410 participants enrolled from across the State.
In previous years, the department announced the top three prizes but this year all participants were given a certificate and medal, he added. “This year, it was a common topic that was open to all categories in both Tamil and English,” said Dr.Chandramohan.
V.Kanagasabai, Dean, MMC, Anand Prathap and Ponnu Rajeswari, resident medical officers of the RGGGH, participated.