The epidemic of Obesity is a major public health problem in the United States, just as it is in any other part of the world. Consequences of obesity include: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes, which can shorten the lifespan of children. American society has become influenced by environments that promote increased consumption of less healthy food and physical inactivity leading to this childhood obesity epidemic.
Changing one’s diet is not something that happens overnight. An important first step is helping a child or an adult to recognize the problem. The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI, the largest ethnic medical Association in the United States has made it an important mission to create awareness on Obesity.
Dr. Suresh Reddy, President of AAPI, who has made Obesity Awareness Campaign a signature mission of his Presidency, has organized Obesity Awareness Campaigns around the world.
On their way to the White Continent, Dr. Reddy accompanied by Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, President-Elect of AAPI: Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, Vice President of AAPI: Dr. Ravi Kolli; Secretary of AAPI; Dr. Seema Arora, Chair, BOT: Amit Chakrabarty, Vice Chair of BOT; and several others, met with Dinesh Bhatia, India’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Argentina. Wearing Yellow Hats, the AAPI leaders shared with the Indian Envoy about AAPI’s mission to create awareness about Obesity around the world.
During a walkathon in the southernmost city on earth, Ushuaia in Argentina, during the current Voyage to Antarctica by a select group of nearly 200 Physicians of Indian Origin, AAPI members wearing Yellow Shirts and Yellow Hats, promoted Awareness of Obesity, spreading the message for the need to Healthy Living.
Dr. Reddy believes that AAPI’s Obesity Awareness Campaign Walkathons will go a long way in educating the public and in contributing to the prevention of obesity now, and thus translating into lower health care costs in the future.