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‘Weight loss surgeries up seven-fold over ten years’ Health conference March 10-12

KUWAIT CITY, March 6, (KUNA): The number of weight loss surgeries have increased seven-fold over the last ten years in Kuwait, said Director of Catering and Nutrition Services Department of the Kuwaiti Health Ministry Dr Nawal Al-Hamad Dr Al- Hamad cautioned that this trend would have serious consequences if no measure was taken to tackle it. These remarks were made by Dr Al-Hamad in a press conference to announce the organization of the second nutrition and health conference during the period March 10-12. She pointed out the conference will be held in Kuwait under the auspices of the Minister of Health Ali Al- Obaidi and supervision of Catering and Nutrition Services Department.

The conference aims to review the latest researches in the field of obesity treatment. She added that the medical and nutrition professors and experts from the United Kingdom, Canada and the US will contribute to the conference sessions. The three-event conference is held as a part of the Ministry’s activities to counter the spread of non-communicable diseases including obesity in implementation of the declaration adopted by the UN in September 2011 and relevant WHO resolutions, Dr Al-Hamad said.

He noted that the Catering and Nutrition Services Department is interested in conducting research, sharing expertise, transferring and benefiting from the latest medical and technological developments in the field of obesity prevention and treatment. For her part, feeding specialist and head of the nutrition section Fatima Al-Kandari said a number of workshops will be held on the sidelines of the conference. She called on doctors in primary care centers to participate in the conference due to their significant role in reducing obesity.

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