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23 October 2019

The Health Committee of GPIC organized a lecture on fighting obesity. General Medicine Consultant at the Ministry of Health Dr. Kawther Al Eid spoke on the importance of maintaining a harmonious and disease-free body.

GPIC President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery thanked Dr. Al Eid for accepting the invite for the lecture and her interest in spreading awareness and enlightening the community about the importance of fighting obesity in all its forms.

He said there was an abundance of information in the lecture in addition to focussing on the means to help people who are overweight. The lecture spoke on the how to lose weight by adhering to a proper diet or following an exercise programme.

Dr. Jawahery thanked the Chairman and members of the Health Committee for organizing the lecture and their keenness for company staff to benefit from it, keeping in mind the ultimate goal them becoming better people, healthy and fit, not only to do their jobs but also to live a healthy and active life.

Dr. Jawahery said Bahraini society, like other parts of the world, are facing radical changes in nutrition and health, including those related to eating habits. He said the lifestyle these days had limited peoples’ movement and activity and there is a lack of physical and sports activities. This, he added, has led to an alarming increase in the number of people suffering from overweight and obesity, making it necessary to move quickly to fight the menace and prevent disease.

Dr. Jawahery stressed the importance of monitoring health and maintaining ideal weight, in addition to the need to have a balanced diet that contains all the nutrients needed by the body. He said there has to be an effort to change the way of life and control one’s diet. This can also be done by taking the advice of specialists. He said people should be wary of advertisements propagating “slimming systems” and warned these could case complications if not followed on the advice of specialists.

Company Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mohammed Salem Jibril said in an era where the inactivity was the order of the day, obesity had become the single largest factor that threatened human health. He said obesity is the reason for several common diseases. According to WHO guidelines, he said, an adult is overweight if his BMI is between 25 and 29.9, while he or she is considered obese if his BMI is 30 or more.

It is worth mentioning that the Health Committee has organized awareness lectures covering various health fields, in addition to holding other activities. The committee has also organized events in cooperation with other committees of the company and on various occasions such as World Health Day. It has organised special blood donation campaigns and taken part in marathons to raise awareness. 

The committee has hosted several specialists and nutrition and disease consultants and organized courses for staff on first aid training.

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