Goa declares obesity as a disease, while Maharashtra Chief Minister calls for education about obesity at school level

While Goa CM Manohar Parrikar to declare obesity as a disease, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis candidly admitted, how painful it is to be obese at IFSO APC 2017

Goa declares obesity as a disease, while Maharashtra CM calls for education about obesity at school level
(In centre) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis

While addressing the world doctor’s conclave on ‘Diabesity’ IFSO APC 2017, held in Goa; Goa’s Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has stated that, “Goa government will also consider obesity as a disease”. Mr Parrikar further added, “Obesity is now not only a rich mans’ disease, but it has now begun affecting the poor too,”

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar inaugurated, IFSO APC 2017, along with Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, where caregivers from around the globe, working in the field of obesity and diabetes, are discussing about the potential threat to the mankind ‘Diabesity’.

While speaking at the doctor’s congress, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis stressed upon a very important aspect awareness of obesity as a disease. CM Fadnavis said, “Obesity is a taboo and stigma, we should encourage people to speak about this, and for this awareness is very important. People are not actually aware about this disease, what kind of food habits can develop obesity and diabetes,”

CM Fadnavis further stated that, “Awareness should be spread right from the school level; we need to tell this to children, what food is a good food and what is bad, they should eat nutritious food, rather than junk and fast food, as obesity among the children is a huge problem.”

While giving his own example CM Fadnavis said, “While coming here Goa CM asked me, what I should speak about? I told him, you are not obese, and you don’t know what the pain of being obese is.”

He added, “Now the time has come, the right time to fight against obesity. Obesity is a silent killer, if ignored. To fight against obesity, Maharashtra has set up a task force. And I am happy to share, that Maharashtra is the first state to set up a task force like this”

Meanwhile addressing the doctors, Dr Deepak Sawant, Maharashtra’s Health Minister said, “This disease has already penetrated in the rural areas. Where the number of diabetes cases have gone up by 20 per cent. Maharashtra has already declared obesity as a disease. Maharashtra is the first state to start obesity clinics in government hospitals”.

Dr Sawant further added, “Awareness about bariatric surgery still needs to be spread to the grass root levels. My state has planned to reach out to villages, so that we can diagnose diabetes at the early stage, by this we will come to know about issues like kidney disease and hypertension soon before reaching to the last stage”

Taking about the surgical interventions for obesity surgery he said, “Maharashtra government is making all efforts, so that surgical interventions for obesity will reach to the grass root level. We will make this surgery affordable for the poor”

Worldwide around 600 million people are obese, and 2.8 million people die every year due to being overweight.