The students of Government College University Lahore were Friday briefed on side-effects of obesity and benefits of balanced diet at a seminar organised by the university’s Psychology Department on the topic of ‘obesity – my relationship with food’.
Addressing the seminar, the Vice Chancellor said that all educational institutions should organise such type of awareness seminars and lectures on the important topics, which were directly linked to the life and health of their students. He encouraging the students to take part in sports said that healthy body was necessary for healthy mind.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sohail Sheikh emphasised on the importance of diet to combat obesity. He said that one should not compromise on quality and quantity of food while having meal. He said that obesity was not just a cosmetic consideration; rather it was a dire dilemma directly harmful to one’s health that led towards chronic medical complications.
Pointing out the side effects of obesity, Dr Sohail said that diabetes, stroke, sleeplessness, gallbladder failure, hypertension, liver malfunction, respiratory insufficiency, heart diseases, high blood pressure, abdominal hernia and even cancer could easily hit an obese person.
Mishal Tariq, highlighting the psychological impacts of obesity, said that there were several factors which contribute in developing body image including biological factor, psychological factor (positive and negative) and socio-cultural (parents, peers, media).
Later, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman gave away certificates to the students who participated in the seminar.