The Surgical Gastroenterology Department of Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in the city on Wednesday launched an obesity clinic, the first of its kind venture in a government hospital in the State.
“Over 25 per cent of girls in schools are obese. Even working women, who have a sedentary life, are prone to obesity,” said Principal Secretary, Health, V.K. Subburaj, who inaugurated the clinic. Given the enormity of the problem of overeating and lack of exercise among people, such a clinic was the need of the hour, he said.
The obesity clinic in the hospital would function every Wednesday for two hours from 10 a.m. at the outpatient ward of the Surgical Gastroenterology Department. It would offer services of physicians, cardiologists, endocrinologists, anaesthetists, psychiatrists and nutritionists.
According to the National Family Health Survey, Tamil Nadu ranks fourth among the States in obesity (Punjab ranks first) with almost one in five men and over one in six women overweight. Studies have found that 19.8 per cent of men and 24.4 per cent of women are obese.
“Correcting the causes of obesity is important. In order to provide the right treatment, we need to establish the cause for it. We will advise lifestyle modification, or correct the underlying cause. Surgery will be the last resort,” said S.M. Chandramohan, head of the Surgical Gastroenterology Department. Recently, a woman underwent bariatric surgery at the department and shed 35 kg.
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Senior hospital authorities, including Madras Medical College Dean V. Kanagasabai, Medical Superintendent of the Hospital V. Palani and surgical gastroenterologist G. Manoharan participated.