‘Mental discipline must to decrease obesity’

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Pune: Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the first international conference on ‘Bariatric Endoscopy Surgery Trends (BEST) METASURG 2018’, an initiative of National Indian Medical Association (IMA), under the #Fit India campaign which was held last week. It was organised by Laparo-Obeso Centre (LOC). 

Pune: Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the first international conference on ‘Bariatric Endoscopy Surgery Trends (BEST) METASURG 2018’, an initiative of National Indian Medical Association (IMA), under the #Fit India campaign which was held last week. It was organised by Laparo-Obeso Centre (LOC). 

The conference was held to launch the obesity prevention and control task force. It was attended by about 650 doctors from 14 countries. It emphasised on the urgent need to improve the claims like ‘India is the capital of obesity’, for which doctors are required to detect such conditions and to prevent it through the task force.  

While addressing the conference meet, Javadekar said, “Mental discipline is very important to decrease obesity and people should work for their better lifestyle. People should make more time for physical 
activities.” 

Dr Shashank Shah and Dr Poonam Shah, city-based laparoscopic surgery specialists, Dr Subhash Khanna, President of Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endosurgeons (IAGES), Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, National President of (IMA) and various others doctors participated in the conference.

Wankhedkar said that there are various poor government policies which have been badly affecting the public health and he insisted Javadekar to take steps regarding the same. 

Commenting on the recent issues of violence against doctors, he said, “The government should launch a programme for zero tolerance towards medical staff and various medical establishments.”  

Javadekar also mentioned that the ministry is trying to change the education pattern, it has been mulling on reducing the curriculum so that children can have some time for physical activities. He also informed that the State government has been planning to start open gyms in the state, and especially in Pune.  

Speaking about the recent death of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari, Javadekar said, “The killing of a journalist by terrorists is very saddening and it is a crime. I want to assure you that we will be working for the freedom of the press in Kashmir and for the people of India. This is an act of cowardice but these acts will decrease, the way the activities of Maoists have reduced. In the same manner, terrorism will also decrease.”

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