Sunday 26 May, 2019

Fuad shares his weight loss journey

Former health minister Dr Fuad Khan is on the road to losing weight, having changed his eating habits and increased his physical activity. 

Khan, who has been in the spotlight for the past few days after fat-shaming a plus-sized Carnival masquerader, has refused to back down or apologise for referring to the woman as a "tub". 

Instead, he has shared advice and given some insight into his own weight loss plan following encouragement from the PNM Women's League that he take his own advice. 

“In response to the PNN Women's League statement, I have no problem being told that I need to lose weight. I am working out and have stopped stuffing my face. I will never insist that people love me up for being obese.

I am happy when I am being fat-shamed by the PNM women league (FAB) as they are known. It makes me continue my weight loss path. And I don't want to be fat accepted.

Please keep fat shaming me. I need it to help me free myself from my fight with obesity.

You know, the PNM Women's League should take their own advice,” he wrote.

Khan said there is an urgent need for citizens to start taking responsibility for their diet and exercise to ensure that they do not become victims of chronic non-communicable diseases like obesity and high blood pressure.

He noted that more than half the country’s adult population is overweight or obese, with 30 to 60 percent of the population not achieving the minimum recommended levels of physical activity daily.

The former health minister said these chronic diseases share common risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and behavioural risks such as unhealthy diets and obesity, tobacco use, alcohol abuse and physical inactivity.

Stating that at least 80 percent of all heart disease, stroke and diabetes are preventable, and 40 percent of all cancers, Khan said the key to controlling the epidemic is primary prevention - focusing on reducing the common risk factors, and health education on comprehensive population-based programmes.

"Until we find a way to reduce the number of patients who are dependent on these facilities at the public health centres, our nation's hospitals will remain woefully unequipped to deal with this issue."

"For this reason, I want to send a public message to the citizens of this country to increase your daily, increase your cardiac and aerobic activity, walk more, increase your fruit intake and increase your oats intake. In other words, start looking for foods that are considered, low glycemic foods and partake in that because they make you full longer and lessen calories.

At the end of the day, the onus is not on the doctors, but on yourselves to ensure that you maintain a healthy lifestyle and remain protected against these CNDC's," Khan added.

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