MUMBAI: Maharashtra’s Minister of Water Resources and Medical Education Girish Mahajan launched an awareness campaign against obesity in the state.
The campaign ‘Fight Obesity’ — which will end on December 29 — will entail Body Mass Index (BMI) tests for students, teaching and non-teaching staff and patients at Out Patient Departments at 16 medical colleges in various districts of Maharashtra.
The people suffering from obesity in India total around 30 million.
Obesity is one of the causes for heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases among many below the age of 40 in India.
Speaking on the occasion Jayashree Todkar, Director, JT Foundation, said, “Obesity is considered a cosmetic problem but it is a health hazard. It is essential for the obese to consult doctors and learn to maintain a healthier lifestyle. This campaign will help us understand the obese pockets in the state and help in taking remedial measures.”
The initiative is part of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ initiative to fight increasing incidents of obesity and associated lifestyle diseases.