Diabetes, obesity and diet discussed in lecture
The UPV Health Services Unit organized a lecture-forum on “Diabetes, Obesity and Diet” on November 15, 2018 at the MILC, College of Arts and Sciences. This lecture forum was participated by 65 UPV employees and 33 Public Health students from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Mary Flor Gafate-Ong, resource speaker during the lecture discussed the nature of obesity which can be inherited and influenced by the environment. Such include lifestyle pattern, decrease opportunities and motivation for physical activity and physical inactivity.
Obesity is considered a ticking time bomb. People who are obese are more likely to develop diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart failure, depression, multiple sclerosis for children, asthma, dementia and may others.
Weight reduction through physical activities, dietary therapy, approved weight reduction medicines and surgical intervention were also discussed. The Dr. Ong also emphasized that weight reduction should be gradual to avoid complications. The lecture ended with a suggestion on the ABCs to obesity prevention. These are “Adopt a healthy habit”, “Balance calorie intake” and “Control weight gain.”
This lecture-forum was conducted in line with the World Diabetes Day celebration. It was also done to promote awareness among the UPV constituents the complications brought about by obesity and diabetes. It was learned in the lecture that obesity is a global epidemic. Studies have shown that two in three adults are overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity are associated with increasing morbidity and mortality due to chronic excess in food intake relative to the level of energy spent.
Dr. Ong has a training at the Department of Internal Medicine, Iloilo Mission Hospital. She has Fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Sto. Tomas Hospital Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism and has a Post Fellow rotation at the Division of Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.