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Fortis Press Clips 28th July 2015

Date : July 28, 2015

Our Bureau, Mumbai

The team of cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery doctors led by Dr. Richie Gupta, director cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery at Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, felicitated their patients who have exhibited death defying courage to opt for procedures that have saved their lives.

The patients come from varied backgrounds and have been faced with diverse circumstances. In the medical challenges they were faced with they have taken the courage to opt for procedures in cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries that has made them victorious in overcoming what could have been a fatal outcome.

The event is being attended by Ritu Pandey, Ms. North India 2015. She will be accompanied by wrestler Varun Goud. Varun is a five time senior national medal winner. He is also a silver medalist in the Commonwealth Championship 2011 at Australia. Among other accolades won, Varun Goud is also a 6th place winner in the world tournament held at USA.

Dr Richie Gupta, director, cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh says, “Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery has been opted for various reasons by various patients. But to take that as an option when you are not sure what lies on the other side is indeed courageous on part of the patients, and they have done that.”

Simmardeep Singh, zonal director, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh says, “Cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgeries require utmost skill, precision and expertise. It is a milestone achieved in clinical excellence for us as the surgery is technically demanding, needs high end equipment and highly trained manpower for best results. We hope to expand and create more success stories through the exemplary work initiated by our highly skilled team of doctors.”

The patients expressed their gratitude, “Dr. Richie Gupta and his team members have given credence to what they call as our courage. But what we have achieved would have been impossible without their expertise, support and cooperation. We are indeed grateful to Dr. Gupta for holding our hand through this phase of our lives and helped us emerge winners.”

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The Times of, July 26, 2015, 01:21 AM IST :

Women 3 times prone to obesity than men

MUMBAI: That urban India is weightier than its rural counterpart is well known, but a new study quantifies this divide further by saying that obesity is three times more among city residents than rural Indians.

The study, which appeared in the International Journal of Public Health last week, said that Indian women were 2.71 times more prone than men to put on weight. "There does seem to be some amount of gender divide in obesity," said senior endocrinologist Dr S Joshi, adding, "The growing gadgetization of Indian households has increased the risk of Indian urban women becoming overweight."

Indeed, most tasks in Indian homes are increasingly becoming digitized; many tasks such as cooking or washing clothes can be done at the click of a button.

Other Indian studies had also shown that rural women have a higher NEAT score in comparison to women living in urban cities. "NEAT stands for non-exercise activity thermogenesis or a score of the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise. While rural women have consistently shown a NEAT score of 2,000, the number is around 700 for urban women," he said.

Delhi-based endocrinologist Dr Anoop Misra said, "About 10% of adult Indian women are overweight or obese, but the figure is about 30% in urban cities. Furthermore, women who have abdominal obesity are going to be even more prevalent, nearly 50 to 70%." In the general population, it is estimated that one out of 10 Indians is obese with a body mass index of over 24 (see box). But four out of 10 urban Indians have abdominal obesity that is a precursor to many chronic diseases.

Obesity is increasingly being recognized as one of the biggest public health challenges, mainly because it has a direct correlation with the person's risk of developing a host of other diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart as well as infertility problems. Countries across the world are working out health policies including bans on sugar-sweetened beverages or reduction of transfats and salt in packaged foods. Mexico, where 32% of the grown-up population is obese, has started offering free metro rides to people doing 10 squats.

In India, however, the awareness about obesity and its health effects is still low. "High-risk estimates for overweight/obesity in urban settings along with socioeconomic prowess in India and the resulting nutritional transition make a compelling case for public health policy on healthy lifestyles to avert the growing burden of non-communicable diseases associated with overweight/obesity," said the study which appeared in the International Journal of Public Health.

Dr Misra, who is the director of the National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation, said that it's time India drafted a policy to control obesity. "It should target women because it will not only improve their metabolic state, but also have a multiplier effect on their families. Such a step will have a transgenerational effect. For this, every effort should be made to educate them at young age."

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