Pakistan has been ranked as the 9th fattest country of the world as every 4th person is overweight or obese.
Dr. Masood Jawaid, an assistant professor surgery and in-charge e-learning, Dow University of Health Sciences, expressed these views on Wednesday while delivering a lecture on “Fight Obesity- Web Portal” in the 36th public awareness seminar, held at Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), University of Karachi (UoK).
‘FightObesity.Info’ is Pakistan’s first patient portal that will create awareness about the importance of fitness and healthy lifestyle in fighting obesity in Pakistan among people who are suffering from obesity.”
Dr. Panjwani Center, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, and Virtual Education Project Pakistan (VEPP) jointly organized the seminar.
Dr. Masood Jawaid along with his team also informed the participants about the importance ‘FightObesity.Info’ that will provide a platform for obese patients and the population at large to gather and engage with each other in order to get educated and modify their behavior which either reduces their obesity or prevents them from becoming obese.
He said, “We aim to fight obesity in our country and alleviate the miseries associated with this disease. Overweight or obesity is linked to a wide range of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, indigestion and etc:”
Through FightObesity.info we intend to create a support group for obese patients and their families, motivate fitness conscious people to interact with each other, share their lifestyle experiences and provide them with disease information resources, he said and added that they also plan to connect the patients with doctors to get personalized advice along with maintaining their personal health records online.