…Guyanese should diet, check Body Mass Index– Indian specialist assertsA senior surgeon and health specialist from India, Dr Sangram Jadhav on Wednesday joined Radio Guyana 89.5FM so as to spread awareness on the impact of obesity on today’s generation.The surgeon, who has been in the profession for around 25 years, explained that carrying extra body weight can contribute to obesity in the future. It does not depend on the religious or cultural aspect of a person’s life but their weight and height.Dr Sangram JadhavHowever, there are many other factors that contribute to obesity. Over the past decades, studies have shown that it is mainly caused by lifestyle, diet, exercise and environmental factors.As such, one’s self-esteem and confidence can be diminished. Dr Jadhav explained that obesity could lead to diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian diseases, and infertility and heart problems. Obesity can also affect a person’s intellectual capacity.“Obesity is not considered as a disease by the World Health Organisation, it is the mother of all diseases,” he stated. “Different body constitutions have different weights and weight losses,” he added.Nevertheless, he emphasised the importance of tackling the issue, as he explained that much work has to be done to fight obesity and restore the health of those affected. If certain techniques are used as it relates to diet and exercise, an obese person can lose the weight.“One should go for conventional and contemporary diet and exercise methods.”These include consuming foods that are low in calories and avoiding snacks. Exercise routines should also be changed every eight days. This is because after a while, our bodies become aware of the techniques that are used to lose weight. As such, the brain programs the body to stop losing weight. However, when the routines are changed often, it confuses the body and an obese person can continue to notice results.“Stay away from sweets, stay away from oils and stay away from spices, carbohydrates like wheat and rice is not really needed. Consume adequate vegetables, adequate fruits,” Dr Jadhav said.This is the surgeon’s second visit to Guyana and he aims to broaden the minds of Guyanese, as it relates to spreading more awareness and what can be done to reduce the number of obese persons.“Let fitness and being fit be a way of life,” the surgeon insisted.
Criminal activities have been prevalent at marketplaces across Georgetown but most of these petty offences have now graduated to gun-related incidents.Chief Constable Andrew Foo explained at a recent press conference that security has always been a concern and during the last few years, most of the persons committing unlawful acts are armed.“Security is always a concern for the constabulary because we have a responsibility, we have a mandate in terms of providing security. Policing have to do with numbers. You have to be able to dominate the ground to deter persons from perpetrating offences…What we recognise is that over the last couple of years is that most of the incidents are committed by persons who are armed and more so gun-related in terms of robberies,” he said.Foo added that there is always a need for patrols and solid presence from ranks because if not, criminal activities will spiral out of control. He established that while robberies and other offences are due to the economic activities at Stabroek and Bourda Markets, it is due to inadequate lighting.“Outside of that, you have to have an established presence either in terms of uniformed ranks or ranks in plain clothes. Unless you have that, you will not [stop] the sort of activity that is happening. The fact is that area is a hub for economic activities and you have persons selling around the clock. If you look at that area, there is need for lighting,” the Chief Constable said.Just recently, a couple of stalls were broken into at the Bourda Market and vendors heavily complained about their losses. However, he informed that those culpable individuals were apprehended and hauled before the court.“A few weeks ago, we’ve had a few stalls that were broken. Fortunately, we were able to apprehend those persons and they are before the court. While we have a limited amount of strength, the strength that we have is in terms of presence.”Last Thursday, a man was caught in the morning hours as he attempted to scale a gate at the Bourda Market. The suspect was spotted climbing over the structure by a rank on patrol and an alarm was raised.However, as the man retreated from proceeding further, he opened fire at the City Constable, who at that time reciprocated with similar actions. This caused the suspect to flee the scene and after a high-speed chase with backup from other ranks, he was apprehended at Hadfield Street and placed in the lock-ups. A search was conducted at the said location, where a pistol and 15 live rounds were discovered.