India’s first obesity clinic for adolescents opens in Mumbai
Mumbai, Oct 9 (IANS) Amruta Fadnavis, Deputy Vice President of Axis Bank and wife of Maharastra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Sunday inaugurated the country’s first obesity clinic, dedicated to treating rising cases among adolescents.
The clinic, which has been opened at the city-based Surya Hospital, was started after a recent survey in Pune and Mumbai found that 18 per cent of the school-going children suffer from obesity, 32 per cent are over-weight and 52 per cent of the students are potential diabetics.
According to the hospital, the clinic will be one-stop solution towards obesity and metabolic diseases. Right from counsellors, nutritionists and specialists in obesity care, the clinic will have all advanced medical procedures to treat obesity among adolescents.
“This initiative by the Surya Hospital is very appreciable for being the most complete and comprehensive centre for treatment of obesity. Obesity should be controlled during adolescence. It can happen by only increase in awareness through parents and teachers. Regional and cultural balanced diet should be encouraged,” said Amruta.
According to the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) and the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF), 200 million school children are either overweight or obese.
“In last few years, the number of children becoming obese has doubled. Moreover, being a dedicated child care multi-specialty hospital, we will be extending support by a collaboration-based engagement programme with care providers in the community,” said B.S. Avasthi, founder and Managing Director of Surya Hospital.