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27 June 2020: 2nd AIAARO Kerala Chapter Online Meeting


The second AIAARO Kerala chapter online conference was conducted on 27th June 2020 in association with JPEF, with the theme "COVIDOSITY- The Double pandemic". Illustrious experts from all over the country spoke on various aspects of obesity aligning with the theme of the conference. Doctors, dietitians, diabetes educators and members of the diabetes/obesity team attended the lectures. Welcome speech was by Dr.Madhu N, Organising Chairperson. Dr.Jothydev Kesavadev, Vice President AIAARO Kerala Chapter and Ms.Geethu Sanal, Secretory AIAARO Kerala Chapter briefed about the activities of AIAARO Kerala Chapter. The virtual conference was inaugurated by AIAARO National President, Dr.Banshi Saboo and delivered presidential oration on "Reversal of diabetes by Calorie Restriction? or by Component Modification?". The session was chaired by Dr.Jothydev Kesavadev.

Ms. Sheryl Salis renowned expert gave a comprehensive talk on "Facts about Keto Diet". The chair of the session was Dr.Asha Ashik,Diabetologist Jothydev's Diabetes Research Centre, Kochi. A lecture on "Time to address Silent Epidemic: Recent Advances in GLP-1 RAs" was given by Dr.Arun S Menon, Senior Consultant Endocrinologist AIMS. The informative session was chaired by Dr.Radhakrishnan A.P, Consultant Physician and Diabetolgist, Palakkad Diabetes Centre. Dr.Jothydev Kesavadev, Chairman and Managing Director Jothydev's Diabetes Research Centre lectured on "A1c VS Time in Range in Weight Reduction", which was chaired by Ms.Gopika Krishnan Director, Research and Academics, Jothydev's Diabetes Research Centre. Valuable insights on "Normal Weight Obesity Syndrome" was given by Dr.AjithKumar.S, Director Dr.Ajith's Total Diabetes Care Centre, Trivandrum under the chair of Dr.Syam D Gopal, Senior Consultant Physician, Sivagiri Sree Narayana Mission Hospital, Varkala. Dr.Unnikrishnan, Consultant at Centre for Rehabilitation and Pain Relief, Saraswathy Hospital, Parassala addressed the topic "Is Aerobic or Anaerobic Trainning Better for Overall Weight Loss?" . The session was chaired by Dr.Madhu N Consultant Surgeon and Managing Director Chaitanya hospital, North Paravoor. Ms.Shilpa Joshi, Director Mumbai Diet and Health Centre provided a sermon on "Diet And Weight Loss: Why Do You Feel Hungry?", which was chaired by Dr.Arun Shankar, Senior Consultant Diabetologist and Medical Director, Jothydev's Diabetes Research Centre. Dr.Dharini Krishnan, Registered Dietitian shared her expertise on the topic "Does one Diet Fit All?". The session was chaired by Dr.Jayalekshmi R Kurup, Senior Medical Officer, Cochin Port Trust Hospital. Ms.Manju George, Chief Dietitian, Lakeshore and Lourdes Hospital gave a detailed advice on "How to master Mindful Eating to Lose Weight", chaired by Dr.Ashwin David Ashok, Clinical Head and Chief Diabetologist, Jothydev'sDiabetes Research Centre,Attingal and Ms.Geethu Sanal, Chief Dietitian, Jothydev's Diabetes Research Centre, Trivandrum. A heated debate between Dr.Anuj Maheshwari, Professor and Head in Medicine, BBD University, Lucknow a nd Mrs.Meenakshi Bajaj, Registered Dietitian , on "Dieting keeps you fit in covid times" was conducted, mediated by Dr.Sumesh Raj, Professor of Medicine and Diabetology, Sree Gokulam Medical College. The sessions concluded with a panel discussion on "COVID induced obesity" with Dr.Benny PV, Professor and Head of the Department of Community Medicine, Sree Gokulam Medical College, as the moderator. The discussion covered 4 topics, "What could have contributed to obesity in patients with existing illnesses"?

"Mental components of obesity during lockdown", "Realistic indoor physical activity recommendations" and "Changing eating habits with stay home instructions" by speakers Dr.Jayalekshmi R Kurup, Dr.Arun B Nair, Dr.Roy R Chandran and Ms.Geethu Sanal respectively.

Vote of Thanks was delivered by Dr.Arun S Menon. The webinar was remarkable and worthwhile.

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