Obesity Conferences Highlight Obesity in Women & Children 5/12/2019
The World Obesity Federation Regional Conference and the 6th Gulf Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society Conference commenced today (Thursday) at the Sheraton Hotel Muscat under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Saidi, Minister of Health with the presence of H.E. Dr. Akjimal Magtymova, Representative of World Health Organization (WHO) to the Sultanate.
The two Conferences are organized by the Oman Metabolic & Bariatric Surgical Society, the National Diabetes & Endocrine Center, Oman Diabetes Association in collaboration with the World Obesity Federation.
During three-day, the two Conferences gather about 200 specialists from the Sultanate and abroad along with more than (40) lecturers specialized in obesity treatment and surgery from the GCC and Arab countries, USA, UK, India.
Furthermore, the Conferences aiming to identify the obesity disease and its accompanying side effects, studying the obesity statistics in the region, addressing the prevention methods to reduce the obesity impact in the community and the individuals and the medical and surgical treatment solutions of obesity. In addition, the Conferences touch upon the safety and security of obesity surgery, as well as highlight the new obesity surgeries compared to the old one.
In this regard, Dr. Akjimal Magtymova, WHO Representative to the Sultanate indicated that the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region has experienced an epidemiological and nutritional transition that has contributed to high rates of overweight and obesity within the Region. Half the Region’s adult women (50.1%) and more than two in five men (43.8%) are overweight or obese. The Region also suffers from high rates of childhood overweight and obesity – higher than the global average of 7%. In some countries, more than 15% of children are affected. Furthermore, in many countries in the Region more than half of adolescents are overweight or obese.
She pointed out that, national plans and strategies are being implemented across the Region to prevent childhood obesity; supported by technical support from the WHO. However, countries are struggling to fully implement these plans, and more focus is therefore required to assess the current situation, identify key challenges and gaps, and devise practical and strategic action plans.
The WHO Representative to the Sultanate stressed that in Oman; WHO is working very closely with the Government and other UN sister agencies in order to provide a platform for stakeholders, including policymakers, analysts, UN, NGOs, private sector, civil society and government agencies to discuss selected policy issues related to obesity and food systems for healthy and sustainable diets; advocate for a more comprehensive food systems approach in addressing obesity; encourage the country to develop and/or review their action plans for addressing obesity; and identify priority actions that have the best impact on the prevention of overweight and obesity.
Dr. Noor Al-Busaidia, Head of National Diabetes and Endocrine Centre (NDEC) clarified that the two conferences highlighting the global perspectives of the challenges facing obesity management in women and understand how this is influencing their physical and mental health. The Conferences address the obesity clinical management in adults, addressing the opportunities and the challenges and the ways to overcome the barriers and weight regain, Al-Busaidia added.
The World Obesity Federation (WOF) Regional Conference aims to expanding the international cooperation with the international organizations concerned with obesity control, improving the efficiency of health workers treating the obese patients, utilizing the international experiences in the fields of obesity prevention and the ways of dealing with this problem, focusing on the obesity problem in women and children, as well as raising the community awareness on obesity in within the Sultanate.
The WOF Regional Conference touches upon the obesity in women; challenges from a global perspective, psychological treatment for obesity in youth and adults, dietary intervention in the treatment of obesity, obesity in children and adolescents in terms of medical and surgical treatment, bariatric surgery for pediatric obesity and other related issues.
Dr. Bader Al-Hadrami, Public Surgery & Obesity Consultant at the Royal Hospital and Head of the Organizing Committee of the 6th Gulf Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society Conference indicated that a multidisciplinary system to deal with the obese patients has been introduced along with organizing periodical meetings in collaboration with the NDEC including all teams working in this field from the Hospitals of Royal, Nizwa, Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Salalah, Armed Force Hospital in order to keep pace with the latest developments in obesity treatment.
On other hand, the 6th Annual Gulf Obesity Surgery Society Conference addresses a number of issues including the best practices in standardizing bariatric & metabolic surgery, non-surgical methods in management of weight regain after bariatric surgery, the new trend in bariatric and metabolic surgery, history of bariatric in the GCC countries, liver disease in bariatric surgery, nutritional management for bariatric surgery and other related issues.
It is worth mentioning that pre-conference workshops on the interventions of promoting lifestyles for adult obese patients, non-surgical treatment and using all available treatment methods for obesity was convened today at the Sheraton Hotel.