MOH Celebrates World Obesity Day
MOH Celebrates World Obesity Day11/10/2018
The Ministry of Health (MOH) represented by the Obesity Clinic team at the National Diabetes and Endocrine Center (NDEC) celebrated on (Thursday) the World Obesity Day in collaboration with the Oman Diabetes Association at Al.Noor Hall in Madinat Sultan Qaboos. The celebration was held under the patronage of Her Highness Sayyida Dr. Muna bint fahad Al Said, Assistant Vice Chancellor for External Cooperation at Sultan Qaboos University and attended by several officials from the Ministry of Health, and board members from Oman Diabetes Association
The celebration, that took the World year slogan: “Stop Obesity Stigma”, witnessed the participation of NDEC staff and total of more than 150 attendants including patients with obesity and their relatives.
The event marked the fifth NDEC gathering (Biggest Winner) that involves people with obesity after four successful similar campaigns. It is a way to express thanks and congratulate the patients for their achievements in managing their weight in a healthy way. It encourages them to maintain their results and to others to gain knowledge and listen to their real day-to-day experiences and success stories.
The ceremony started with a speech from Sayyida Dr. Noor AL Busaidi, the director of the National Diabetes and Endocrine Center and president of the Oman Diabetes Association. She expressed the World growing concerns from the widespread of the disease in all ages and between both genders, and elaborated on its effects at the individual level and for the country and economy as a whole. She also stressed on the important role that awareness plays in society. This was followed with couple of health educational lectures that took the participants through several focus areas regarding healthy life style and how once safely adopted can help them combat Obesity. One lecture discussed causes of obesity and its complication and treatment. The educational program ended up with several motivational materials.
It should be noted that the Obesity clinic has received more than 2000 overweight patients from different parts of the Sultanate. A fully-fledged medical team are working in the Clinic above including a mutual team within obesity surgery clinic to evaluate cases requiring surgical intervention in addition to directing patient into embracing a healthy life style.
At the end of the celebration, awards were given to 20 patients whom they succeeded in losing the greatest amount of weight under the supervision of the multidisciplinary Obesity clinic among the awarded is a patient who has successfully shed off more than 20- 50 % of the body weight in 1-2 years period . The event awarded further those who have reached to their ideal weight and those who were able to maintain their lost weight.