Fighting Fat By Sudeshna Chatterjee Times News Network Saturday, June 1, 2002 If you are fighting the battle of the bulge or to be politically incorrect, are pleasantly plump, don't go hiding yourself behind doors. Instead, head for the Wellspring Centre of Healthcare and Fitness Services, Lower Parel -- a one-of-its-kind support group for obese people. Started in May, the group has 25 in its fold since its first meeting this month. The second meeting is scheduled for June 8. According to Anar Shah, manager, fitness and sports sciences, Wellspring and part of the core team that started the group, ''Our centre has Dr Shrihari Dhorepatil, an obesity surgeon, who runs his clinic here on a rental basis. Support groups are a place where you can share information and inspiration with others who can relate with your experience. Here we plan to give useful advice and selected information by professionals in health, nutrition, fitness and obesity. In the next meeting, I will talk on dietary habits. Then there are presentations and discussions on different aspects of obesity and weight management. Participation in the support group is free.'' Obesity means accumulation of body fat. There are different degrees of obesity -- mild, moderate and severe. Anar explains, ''When the body weight is over 20 per cent, over 50 per cent and over 100 per cent of the ideal weight (as per the height-weight tables), one can be considered obese. A medium-framed woman of 5 ft 2'' or 155 cms should ideally weigh about 49-54 kilos. But if she is obese, she will be anywhere 62, 72 or 104 kilos. In medical terms, it is the storage of extra fat and is considered a chronic illness with multiple origins -- genetic, dietary, behavioural, etc.'' Obesity is also associated with medical problems like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, etc. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has already warned about a world-wide epidemic of obesity and has dubbed it a ''killer'' disease. Says a 20-something Sonal (name changed) who attended the first meeting, ''I have been obese from the beginning. I was born eleven and a half pounds. I guess I got it genetically from my mother's side. I tried everything, from diet to weight management, but could not hold on to anything for long. I can't resist temptation. So even when I have eaten enough, I still want to eat more. I guess it is a psychological problem.'' And she is confident that such a support group can help her. ''It helps when you are in the midst of a group that has similar problems. And more so when you hear a person who has beaten obesity, you feel that even you can do it,'' she points out. Like Sonal, many of you might have been fighting obesity, alone. But now, there's a support group that can offer you encouragement and comfort in numbers. Go for it. Read the complete news at: http://www.timesofindia.com News Plus http://www.mantra.com/newsplus Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Panchaang for 7 Ashadh 5104, Saturday, July 5, 2003: Shubhanu Nama Samvatsare Dakshinaya Nartana Ritau Mithun Mase Shukl Pakshe Manta Vasara Yuktayam Uttaraphalguni Nakshatr Variyan Yog Taitil-Gar Karan Shasthi-Saptami Yam Tithau Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster.