Kolkata, Mar 10 IBNS | 8 months ago

Kolkata's Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RIITCS) has recently launched 'Shape - The weight loss clinic' in the hospital.

The clinic will be a one-stop-solution which aims to address the facts, causes, health risks and the treatment options for obesity.

Some of the medical complications associated with obesity include diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and arthritis, which could affect the heart and kidney.

The clinic will be headed by S K Dubey.

Commenting on the launch of the clinic, R. Venkatesh, Facility Director Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS) said, "Obesity is the root cause of almost all silent killer diseases that affect people. The major contributing factor is lack of awareness among them. Sedentary habits with the intake of junk food trigger the increase in weight. Obesity is the leading cause for a plethora of morbid diseases."

Venkatesh said: "Now, with the launch of this new clinic we encourage people to get more physically active and aim to cater to the growing obese population in the community. The recommended age for undergoing a surgical treatment for obesity is 18-65 years."

R. Venkatesh said, "At the Shape-Obesity Clinic, we also have a post-surgery follow-up protocol in place, which is well-defined. We have a dedicated team of medical experts such as physiotherapist, nutritionist and others along with surgeons who contribute to treatment process Patients should adhere to this diligently for the purpose of continuous monitoring for their nutritional, fitness and psychological needs."

S K Dubey, Consultant -General and Bariatric surgery, RTIICS, said, "The incidence of obesity in India has increased multi-fold over the years. Obesity leads to co-morbid diseases and thus it is necessary to treat obese patients through a sustained weight management programme along with surgical procedures. He further added, "Through our obesity clinic, we aim to create awareness about various causes, risk factors and treatment modalities for Obesity."

(Posted on 10-03-2014)

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