The Bariatric (obesity) Clinic at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (HRPB) has the potential to be a referral centre for obese patients in the country as well in Asia as a whole, says Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
The Perak Health, Public Transport, Non-Muslim Affairs, National Integration and Kampung Baharu Committee chairman said since its inception in September 2014, a total of 70 patients with body mass index (BMI) of between 35kg/m2 and 79kg/m2 had undergone bariatric surgery and their average weight loss was up to 40 %.
"The multi-disciplinary integrated approach in treating obese patients at HRPB is a great achievement which we are proud of," he said.
He also said that the state of obesity in Malaysia was at an alarming position: The recently published National Health and Morbidity Survey 2015 revealed that 5.7 million (30.65%) people aged 18 and above were suffering from obesity.
At the event, 250 participants from various agencies were made aware of signs of overweight and obesity, the risk of developing serious health conditions and ways of preventing obesity.