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1,000 city residents ‘run from obesity’

india Updated: Feb 20, 2012 01:14 IST
HT Correspondent

Around 1,000 people from various walks of life participated in a race as part of an awareness campaign against obesity.

The four-hour race, ‘Run from Obesity’ organised by Medanta — The Medicity was flagged off by former cricketers Kapil Dev and Atul Wassan. Participants were between the age groups of 13 and 60.

The event which began at 8am was concluded with the presentation of awards to the winners in different categories.

Health minister Rao Narender Singh, deputy commissioner PC Meena, civil surgeon Dr Praveen Goel, Huda administrator Praveen Kumar, police commissioner KK Sindhu, were present at the flagging off ceremony.

“The aim was to spread awareness against obesity, a epidemic that significantly increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, cancer and premature death,” Dr Sandeep Malhotra, director, bariatric surgery, Medanta said.

A recent survey indicated that the incidence of obesity in urban areas is as high as 20%. Another figure highlighted that over 30% children in Delhi and the National Capital Region.