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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

President's Page

President and Founder, Member of All India Association for Advancing Research of Obesity (AIAARO) Regd. Charity No. - 4521 of 2001, Editorial Board of Journal of Obesity and Metabollic Research (JOMR)

Date of Web Publication30-Dec-2013

Correspondence Address:
Pallavi Patankar
President and Founder, Member of All India Association for Advancing Research of Obesity (AIAARO), Regd. Charity No. - 4521 of 2001; Editorial Board of Journal of Obesity and Metabollic Research (JOMR)

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DOI: 10.4103/2347-9906.123811

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Patankar P. President's Page. J Obes Metab Res 2014;1:1-2

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I am immensely pleased and consider myself fortunate that the 'Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Research' (JOMR) is being launched during my tenure as the President of the 'All India Association for Advancing Research in Obesity' - (AIAARO). It is my privilege to convey my thoughts and vision in the very first issue of JOMR.

When we talk of obesity, immediately we think of the co-morbidities associated with it. It is not just a fat figure or potbelly, but our mind thinks to whether he/she is metabolically fit. Our concerns loom about the consequences the patient has to bear in the coming years. Obesity is now rightly considered as a chronic disease and a public health issue.

Among the vast array of medical diseases, obesity is a major health problem of modern times and holds a challenging position in spite of extensive research and social awareness. Life-style intervention therapy to address the problem of obesity needs concerted efforts by all categories of health professionals.

AIAARO has successfully stepped into its 13th year. To encourage evidence-based obesity practice and discourage quackery, Dr. Vinod Dhurandhar, the founder President of AIAARO along with few like-minded and dedicated bariatric physicians formed the association at all India level*. We already have five Chapters and in December 2013 we will be announcing the formation of the West Bengal Chapter.

Since the very inception of the organisation, there was a strong desire among senior members to launch a Journal of Obesity. Few attempts have been made but they did not gain momentum.

Dr. Ashok Vaidya was once asked by me, 'Sir! Why don't you join the executive committee? Your inputs will be very useful in helping the organisation grow,' his reply was 'Pallavi I shall put in my efforts at the right time.' I am happy that he has taken up this important task under his wings.

Dr. Ashok Vaidya, who has been elected the Chief Editor of the Journal, with his team members, Dr. Raman Goel the co-chief editor, Dr. Rama Vaidya, Ms. Hiteshi Dhami-Shah, Dr. Deepak Jumani, Dr. Namyata Pathak, Ms. Zenish Dholia have put in untiring efforts to the actualise the vision. There have been teething troubles that team had to face, but by taking each difficulty as a stepping-stone they were able to accomplish the goal of launching the Journal.

Indeed it is deeply satisfying and I am very thankful to all the national and international stalwarts who have accepted our invitation to be on the Editorial Board of JOMR.

A journal is a mirror image of the organization, a vital link between primary research and medical fraternity globally. It serves as a platform for investigators to put forth their work and I sincerely hope in the coming years that the JOMR will be read widely.

Childhood obesity is a risk factor for many chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cardio-vascular disorders and cancer. Since this is the time when life-styles and health habits are formed, preventive strategy and positive health measures are needed. Whether such measures would influence metabolic processes over a long period is a field of active research. AIAARO'S VISION would be primary prevention of obesity, where efforts are directed towards discouraging children from adopting harmful life-styles, and educating 'to be mothers' to eat the right way. Main intervention should be through individual education, mass education and integrated therapy.

I thank all who have put their sincere efforts in launching the JOMR. I also thank 'Medknow -Wolters Kluwer' for joining hands with us in publishing the journal and expect a long-term association.

According to the shloka mentioned in Bhagvat Gita 6.25.

śanaiḥ śanair uparamed buddhyā dhṛti-gṛhītayā

ātma-saḿsthaḿ manaḥ kṛtvā na kiñcid api cintayet

Aum… Shanti - Shanti - Shantihi

Step by step march ahead taking support of the highest intellect - wisdom.

Look within don't think of the Mannahh. Don't worry at all and move ahead!

I been advised “Where there is a will there is a way”, but I would like to quote “Where there is good will to do something there are many ways”.

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