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Fayth Clinic conducts workshops in Mumbai to help teens combat obesity

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Dr. Paula Goel is a practicing adolescent pediatrician with special interest in adolescent obesity and its influence on lifestyle diseases in teenagers and young Indians. She is currently the adolescent pediatrician and director of Fayth Clinic, Mumbai – the only clinic specializing in adolescent health services in Mumbai. I got the opportunity to interview Dr. Goel through email about obesity among adolescents, the effects, preventive measures, and the workshops and treatment offered by Fayth Clinic.


For the last 6 years, you have worked extensively in the field of adolescent medicine dealing with problems of obesity and its effects in teenagers and young Indians. How would you rate the adolescent obesity ratio in India as compared to other countries? Is it growing at an alarming rate in India?


The incidence of obesity in Indian adolescents is about 1/3 of the developed countries, but it is growing at an alarming rate.


What do you attribute as the main causes for obesity in adolescents and children in India?


  • Overeating
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Increased sedentary activity with lack of exercise like TV viewing for more than 20 hrs per week with decreased physical activity
  • Children exposed to food advertisements and increase in caloric intake
  • Other screen time includes video games, internet use, telephone use, home viewing of movies
  • Heredity factors which reduce basal metabolic rate
  • Socio economic status: More obese in higher socio economic status in poorer countries and more obese in lower socioeconomic status in richer countries
  • Insulin resistance leading to sugar build up causing obesity and diabetes
  • Low leptin levels – does not allow brain to get signal that food intake is enough
  • Endocrine and chromosomal abnormalities

What are the major complications that an obese adolescent can face during adolescence and as an adult


Following are the complications faced as young adults:


  • Cardiovascular system: high blood pressure, heart attack, brain stroke
  • Respiratory system: breathlessness, asthma, frequent sleep apnoea, hypoventilation. High amount of fat in chest wall / abdomen limits the respiratory excursions which lead to frequent awakening and resultant sleep deprivation leading to daytime somnolence
  • Metabolic disorders: elevated cholesterol, diabetes, insulin resistance, menstrual irregularities
  • Gastro intestinal system: fatty liver, cirrhosis, hemorrhoids, hernia, colorectal cancer , gall stones
  • Malignancy: breast cancer, endometrial cancer, prostratic cancer , cervical cancer
  • Musculoakeletal problems : back pain , joint pains, frequent strains, sprains, limp, groin pain leg bowing
  • Poly cystic ovarian syndrome in young girls : dysmenorrhea, excess body hair ( hirsutism), acne, hair loss on scalp, central obesity, insulin resistance, infertility
  • Behavioural complications: disordered eating ,depression ,negative body image, decreased school performance, social isolation ,decreased self esteem ,bullying, being bullied
  • Metabolic syndrome in young adults characterized by central obesity, hypertension, DM, premature coronary artery disease

How much is the awareness for obesity in adolescents in India? What steps are being taken by you and your clinic to spread the awareness?

Awareness of obesity in India especially in the young population is increasing. Many adolescents suffer from BODY IMAGE PROBLEM and this also results in bulimia, anorexia nervosa and eating disorders which may lead to depression. We hold regular seminars, workshops, community camps and media awareness programs.


You have been conducting various workshops for rehabilitating adolescents. Are these workshops conducted only in Mumbai? Are the workshops also conducted in other parts of India? How successful have these workshops been?


We are holding these workshops only in Mumbai at present. The results have been rewarding with positive feedbacks from the participants. The take home message has been implemented.


Regarding treatment, what are the various plans that you provide to the patient? Who comprise the team (doctor, dietician, counsellor, etc.)? Could you tell us in brief what are the various steps in the treatment and rehabilitation process? In terms of percentage can you tell us how much of medication and counselling is involved?

The Medical Management of Obesity consists of a detailed plan comprising of medical examination to determine the cause of obesity, diet and exercise protocol as per individual needs, detailed history will include onset, progression of obesity, growth and development, family history of obesity and complications. Exploring diet practices, family structure and habits. Over weight child with less than 50th percentile for height are screened for endocrine or genetic conditions. Screening for complications is important. certain conditions like high blood pressure, asthma and orthopaedic problems may require treatment before exercise regimen can be prescribed treatment .Laboratory screening is also required for base line investigations and associated complications .The team comprises of doctor(adolescent paediatrician),dietician and counsellor and exercise therapist. Review is done on a periodic basis .However, medications are not provided for to lose weight. Medication is required as per the medical requirement and counselling is done for all patients.


Talking with an adolescent is definitely different from talking to a child or an adult. So do you have to use a different approach in the treatment and rehabilitation of adolescents? (By approach I mean the method of treatment, the counselling done afterwards, even any symptoms and side effects during diagnosis).


Approach definitely has to be different. Understanding and gaining trust of the adolescent is very important to maintain compliance during the treatment. Vast majority suffer from problems of body image and also early depression. They are also very sceptical and have their own set of value system which is as per the peer group. So gaining the trust is most important. Once they are comfortable, they open up and counselling is then easier. Diet also has to be looked into carefully as this is a growing phase and severe restriction of diet is not possible as this will hamper growth and development. Moreover, adolescents if put on to a strict diet will always binge and will never comply with the diet plan. Certain weight training exercises are also not recommended as it damages the growth plate which is at the end of the bones and this will also affect the final height of the adolescent. Moreover, if there is any muscle injury, it is more dangerous than bone injury as bone injury is picked up by X-rays while muscle injury cannot be picked up and it takes a longer time to heal. Hence complete physical and medical examination is mandatory before starting exercise protocol.


Today we lead a fast pace lifestyle and stress accompanied with studies, competition among peers, peer pressure, etc. What are your suggestions to prevent adolescence obesity in India?


  • Lead a disciplined lifestyle
  • Breakfast provides food for the brain and should never be missed
  • A balanced diet with fruits and vegetables
  • Prevent obesity at an early stage of life
  • No child should be forced to complete the portion left behind on the plate in pre adolescent phase as it leads to obesity
  • Should not be given energy-dense foods: chocolates, ice-creams, chips, as rewards for good behavior
  • Fast foods/cold drinks be avoided
  • Life style modification -walking, cycling, playing outdoor games rather than video-games, outings- trekking/walking on the beaches instead of malls every week ends
  • Television viewing-a sedentary activity must be restricted. Snacking during TV viewing be condemned
  • May have medical reasons-evaluation required
  • Positive peer pressure through friends and peer educators may also be used to motivate to lose weight and to cope with body image problem, emotional taunts and emotional blackmail

How many workshops have you conducted on adolescence obesity? When is the next workshop scheduled to take place?


We have conducted about 4 to 5 workshops. The next workshop is due in January 2011.

How does one register for attending the workshop?


Either by phone (Mansi Kothari, Fayth Clinic admin 9869505556, tel: 02224311616/14) or by email For further details about Fayth Clinic visit




Return Empty Tetra Pak packages, Get Recycled Gifts

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Now this is something really good that is taking place. Recently, Tetra Pak and Hyper City has launched awareness and environment campaign for shoppers at HyperCity, Mumbai to mark the occasion of World Environment Day.

On the occasion of World Environment Day, HyperCity and Tetra Pak with support from Gujarat-based Tetra Pak package recycler Daman Ganga Board Mills are running a green initiative for the environment – conscious shoppers of Hypercity hypermarket’s two locations – Malad and Vashi in Mumbai.  The initiative is called “Good for You, Good for the Earth”.

The initiative involves educating shoppers – over a ten-day period which has started from June 5th about how Tetra Pak packages are not only “Good for You” (i.e. they help protect foods through aseptic processing and packaging technology and keep them safe) but also “Good for the Earth” (i.e. the packages are 100% recyclable and more and more facilities exist for cartons to be collected and sent for recycling).

 Speaking on the occasion Mr. Jaideep Gokhale, Programme Head – Food for Development Office & Environment, Tetra Pak India Pvt. Ltd said “Tetra Pak prides itself in being an environment conscious organization and over the past few years has taken lead in creating environment awareness among people. On the occasion of World Environment Day we are determined to create awareness amongst the public by educating them and making them see the health as well as environment benefits of choosing well, for example, choosing Tetra Pak packages and we also want people to follow some good waste management practices. We thank Hyper City for partnering with us for this novel initiative”.

“HyperCity sees this partnership with Tetra Pak as an educational initiative, of using the occasion of World Environment Day to make consumers more conscious of their health as well as their environment and to make the right choices based on information provided to them.”  says Hyper City’s Venkateshwar Rao, Category Manager – Staples, Beverages and Dairy.

 At both locations, promoters will approach shoppers, detail the benefits and also make them conscious of the proper steps to dispose empty Tetra Pak packages.  Shoppers that bring back empty Tetra Pak packages over the next 10 days stand to win exciting and free recycled gifts on-the-spot.  What’s more, separate collection bins for Tetra Pak packages and other recyclables (bottles, plastic bags, paper waste etc.) have been arranged by HyperCity and Tetra Pak for permanent placement in the stores, so that a culture of waste segregation and recovery is inculcated amongst shoppers.  Through Daman Ganga’s and Tetra Pak’s network with the waste dealer community, the bins will be emptied and the collected waste will be recovered to be sent for recycling.

 Tetra Pak over the last few years has taken a 360 degree approach towards environment conservation. The company has undertaken measures such as reduction in noise levels and electricity consumption besides waste recycling at its production facilities on a mass scale. Tetra Pak’s initiatives in the recycling space have been highly credible – the company has identified recyclers and helps them collect cartons with the help of waste-pickers and waste paper dealers. Simultaneously, Tetra Pak invests in educating consumers, waste trade and recyclers about the benefit of waste segregation, the recyclability of cartons and the value of used cartons. It must be noted that 100% of the carton – including the polyethylene and aluminum – can be recycled into various useful products. In partnership with WWF, Tetra Pak has taken steps to spread awareness on environment through the ‘Young Climate Savers’ program. For more information, please


Gautam Allahbadia appointed as Youngest President of Mumbai Obstetric & Gynecological Society (MOGS)

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Recently Dr Gautam Allahbadia took over as President of the Mumbai Obstetric and Gynecological Society (MOGS) – the youngest president in its 75 year history.

Dr Gautam Allahbadia is a leading fertility physician of international recognition based in Mumbai’s suburb of Bandra, with several of his ‘Rotunda Centers’ spread in cities across the country. With several international fertility congresses organized under the aegis of the Rotunda banner, the doctor is no stranger to holding academic programs and hosting renowned doctors from all over the world – the US, UK, France, Germany, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Finland, Singapore and of course Israel. Being trained at several centres in various continents he emphasized the importance of interaction between the advanced and developing countries. Besides several academic programs for the year, the young doctor also asked his colleagues to join in for two pleasure cum business trips – one to Israel & Turkey and the other to free India’s largest hill city, Lavasa.

A keen scientist with over a hundred and fifty scientific papers and several new procedures & surgeries to his name, Dr Allahbadia lamented the lack of research papers by Indian doctors in spite of a wealth of clinical material. He encouraged all gynecologists in academics or in private practice to come forward with their rare cases and to carry out research in simple day to day practice.

In keeping with the present politico-cultural scenario, the Mumbai gynaecologist’s patriotism was on display with a presentation on India’s contribution to science and business – from ancient times to today. He spoke of eminent Indian contributions to the world, such as the discovery of ‘zero’, the use of calculus & trigonometry; Ayurveda, the world’s most ancient school of medicine and Sanskrit, considered the most scientific language for computers. He enlightened his audience on the percentage of US doctors, NASA scientists and heads of multinationals who are Indians.

The audience was reminded that sonography, operative endoscopy and culturing of cells for test tube babies were all started by gynecologists – stem cell research owes its origin to the foundation laid by gynaecologists. Thus he encouraged his colleagues to build on their predecessors’ legacy by going ahead and give the world some more original research.

Like President Obama he promised change by organizing a joint Indo-Israeli Year where leading doctors from Israel would come to Mumbai every quarter to demonstrate their specialized skills and share information in endoscopy, sonography and infertility. Dr Allahbadia highlighted the similarities between the two countries and the technological advances of Israel to show how Mumbai doctors would benefit from the interaction.

Being a leader in third party reproduction with several landmark cases on record including the first Indian surrogate for a Chinese Singaporean couple and the first for a gay couple from Israel, the President of the MOGS touched on the difficult times for the medical tourism industry but showed the way out by suggesting development of newer techniques and research.

Among several of the city’s leading gynecologists who attended the meet, the occasion was also graced by the presence of the Consul General of Israel Mrs Orna Sagiv, as well as leaders from the pharmaceutical and surgical equipment industry who felicitated the young new President to usher in a year filled with both learning and entertainment for the country’s doctors.

The MOGS President announced a new fellowship grant, valued at Rs 10 lakhs, for young Mumbai doctors to train abroad – created by Mr Ajit Gulabchand in memory of his gynecologist mother the late Dr Shantabai Gulabchand.

As the gynecologists applauded Mr Gulabchand’s generosity, Dr Allahbadia, the proprietor of India’s first budget IVF center – the Deccan Fertility Clinic and Keyhole Surgery Center at Dadar, in keeping with the low cost philosophy of its namesake Deccan Airlines, extolled the virtue of philanthropy and entreated doctors & corporates to come forward and share social responsibility.

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1 April, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Bajaj Allianz and Rajasthan Royals reach agreement and withdraw the legal cases

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Bajaj Allianz and Rajasthan Royals, Jaipur franchisee have mutually agreed to part ways by together withdrawing the court cases in Delhi & Mumbai respectively.

Last year, the MOU was performance based and structured payments were to be released on the team reaching the various stages of the tournament. After the team won the first season, Rajasthan Royals made a revised
proposal to Bajaj Allianz which RR thought to be a win win situation for both parties. This led to some differences between the two parties.

Later, when the Champions League agreement did not fructify & Bajaj wanted to air their advertisements, Rajasthan Royals went ahead & terminated the MOU & filed legal proceedings against Bajaj Allianz over non-payment of dues.

Manoj Badale, CEO of Rajasthan Royals, said, “We had an excellent relationship with Bajaj Allianz, who supported us when we were the underdogs. (Which later proved to be a good investment for Bajaj). Currently, we have decided to withdraw the legal proceedings and resolve the issues out of court. In hindsight, after parting ways, we feel that the relationship could have been taken to a mutually beneficial level.

Kamesh Goyal, Country Head – Allianz and CEO, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance, said, “We had frank and fair discussions on all the issues and have mutually agreed to terminate the present MOU. We wish Rajasthan Royals all the best.”

Rajasthan Royals are in the process of informing all stakeholders, IPL & IBF (Indian Broadcasting Federation) about the termination of the relationship.

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20 March, 2009 at 7:33 pm

VLCC launches VLCC Day Spa and 6 new centers in Mumbai

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VLCC group yesterday launched its first VLCC Day Spa in Mumbai, in Juhu, while simultaneously opening six new VLCC centres in the megapolis, taking up its presence in Mumbai to a total of 28 locations. The spa was inaugurated by Ms.Vandana Luthra, Founder & Mentor, VLCC and present on the occasion were several dignitaries from the lifestyle and entertainment fraternity.

The VLCC Day Spa is a luxury presentation from the house of VLCC, offering spa therapies from around the world as well as hair, skin and nail services. The VLCC Day Spas are staffed by highly skilled and trained professionals from India and overseas and house the latest international equipment. Providing high-end services drawn from Ayurveda to a host of body therapies popular across the globe, from anti ageing facials to dermatological solutions, from hair solutions to nail art, pedicures and manicures, VLCC Day Spa offers an array of therapies that address health and beauty needs of an individual.

The all-new wellness centers in Mumbai are located in Khar, Andheri (East), Andheri (West), Kalyan, Chembur and Mira Road. The new centers will offer an array of weight-management and beauty services ranging from slimming, skin treatments and hair care solutions, each coupled with unique, personalized attention that is a benchmark of VLCC. This new age concept from the house of India’s only Slimming, Beauty and Wellness group, offers one of the finest rejuvenation treatments in skin and hair.

Speaking on the occasion Mrs. Vandana Luthra said, “Apart from spas being an acknowledged solution for relief from the stresses and tensions of everyday living, spa and body therapies are increasingly being used as effective tools in preventive and curative healthcare. At VLCC, we have mastered the art of wellness for the body, mind and soul. This first VLCC Day Spa in Mumbai is an embodiment of that expertise. The opening of this Day Spa, along with the simultaneous opening of 6 new VLCC Centres in Mumbai represents a significant milestone in our journey to deliver the very best in health, beauty and wellness solutions all, including the discerning residents of Mumbai.”

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20 February, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Dr Palep’s Medical Research Foundation Invites Students To Participate In One-Of-Its-Kind Competitions- ‘Tadvidya Sambhasha’

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Ayurveda stood the ravages of time not by any miracle, but on the basis of its sound scientific foundation. Tadvidya Sambhasha is an age old and a well defined Ayurvedic tradition of debate amongst the scholars for the purpose of updating their knowledge. Dr Palep’s Medical Research Foundation’s efforts are focused during the Tadvidya Sambhashas to explore this foundation and spread the message of Ayurveda and share its wisdom globally.

In order to encourage this ancient tradition, Dr. Palep’s Medical Research Foundation has decided to institute prize of Rs.10,000/- for excellent recitation of Sutra Sthana of Ashtanga Hridaya. This competition will be open to under graduate students from all the Ayurvedic Medical colleges of the state of Maharashtra. The competition will be conducted at R.A.Podar Medical College, Worli, Mumbai on 10th February. Three prize winning candidates will recite from Vaghbhatta’s Sutrasthana in front of audience of Tadvidya Sambhasha V Ayurveda program. The program will be held at R.A.Podar Medical College (Ayurvedic) on 15th February, 2009.

The central theme of this year’s Sambhasha will be – “Ayurvedic Dietetics and Nutraceuticals in health and disease”. The focus will be on how clinical experience and research have corroborated the Sutras and Aharas in Ayurveda (Rasas, Pathya, Aushadi gunas, yogas and so on). The uniqueness of Ayurvedic Dietetics is the customized approach in relation to individuals prakruti, age, sex and disease, season, country etc. The participating scientists will co-relate the biochemical aspects of Ayurvedic Nutraceuticals and highlight the current advances in Ayurvedic dietetics during the discussions.

Says Dr H S Palep, Founder, Dr. Palep’s Medical Research Foundation, “In the last four programmes we have honored a number of scholars and teachers of Ayurveda posthumously. This time we are honoring four eminent Modern Medicine Scholars who have made remarkable contributions in Ayurveda and Integrate Ayurveda in to modern main stream medicine. Integrative approach to the practice of medicine has been the fundamental philosophy of Dr. Palep’s Medical Education & Research Trust. These awards will be named after Charaka, Sushruta, Vaghbhatta and Kashyap.”

Oral Traditions helped the survival of Ayurvedic literature just as it did in case of the Vedic literature. Super accelerated learning theory (SALT) emphasizes on whole brain education, the role of repeated recitations for better memory. Charaka emphasized this method for sharpening of mind & memory.

The event will be sponsored by Dr Palep’s Medical Education & Research trust and R. A. Podar Medical College (Ayurveda). Dr. Deshmukh, Dean, Podar medical college is the convenor. Dr. H.S.Palep is the chairman. Dr Narayan R Sabu is the secretary.


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Life on the fast lane in Indian metros, changing lifestyles even in tier two cities and mushrooming pubs have contributed to the spurt in rash driving on Indian roads and consequent accidents. Liquor is more freely available than before and nearly 75 percent of the Indian population, now below the age of 35, have more disposable incomes to splurge on liquor, studies cite. This is definitely a major risk for public safety, and it is vitally essential for civic bodies such as the police and socially responsible corporates to contribute towards the control of drunken driving. This initiative is worth praising. Let’s hope that there would be a decline in the number of accident cases due to drunken driving.

Mumbai Traffic Police has joined hands with Metropolis Health Services – India’s only multinational chain of diagnostics centers – on their ‘Don’t Drink & Drive Campaign‘. As a part of this initiative, Metropolis will reach out to masses to spread messages on public safety by printing the message on its stationery which reaches out to an average of 1 lakh customers and their families per month.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sanjay Barve, Joint Police Commissioner Traffic –Mumbai Police, said, “The Don’t Drink and Drive campaign began in June 2007, and in the first year itself there were more than 10,000 cases of drunken driving registered. The following year the number of cases increased to more than 16,000. With this there was steep fall in the number of casualties due to drunken driving. In this endeavour we are happy to have found a partner like Metropolis Health Services, who voluntarily came to us to participate in our mission. Everyday Metropolis issues 10,000 reports, making it one of the preferred means to communicate the message of Don’t Drink and Drive by printing it on them.”

Talking about this new initiative of Metropolis, Dr. Sushil Shah, Chairman, Metropolis Health Services (I) Ltd, said, “As a part of our Corporate Social Responsibility Programs Metropolis is happy to be a part of this awareness campaign in any way possible. We have conducted several health awareness campaigns for the police in Kerala, Tamil Nadu. Apart from this, in Mumbai we have a tie up with most of the Government Hospitals to provide high end pathology solutions at discounted rate. Recently we have entered into a tie up with the Police Hospital, Nagpada in Mumbai for provision of pathology services at discounted rates. This service would be available to policemen from 85 police stations in Mumbai. As of now we have this partnership only for the city of Mumbai but gradually we plan it to take it to other cities vis-à-vis Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kerala in the first phase and over a period of time to every state where Metropolis present.