AGU Hosts Medical Scientific Research Exhibition

AGU Hosts Medical Scientific Research Exhibition

The Arabian Gulf University (AGU) yesterday hosted the Medical Scientific Research Exhibition, which was opened by AGU President Dr. Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al Ohaly.
The exhibition witnessed the participation of 190 students of the College of Medicine and Medical Sciences, with 19 research teams presenting different scientific researches that tackled the various sides of the phenomenon of obesity and lack of movement.
Dr. Al Ohaly toured the different sections of the exhibition and was briefed by the participating students on the results of their researches. The president expressed his pride in the great outcomes of the students’ work, which was the result of one year of field research, asserting that this activity adds to students’ knowledge, research skills and field expertise.
Stressing further on the positive impact the exhibition has on students and their careers, Dr. Al Ohaly said the exhibition contributes to the creation of new generations of doctors who are well aware of the issues experienced in GCC societies.
On his part, Family Medicine Department Head Prof. Afif Ben Altawfiq pointed out that obesity and lack of movement have become a growing phenomenon in GCC societies, underscoring that supporting a comprehensive preventive policy to raise awareness on the matter is a necessity.
Prof. Ben Altawfiq also highlighted the importance of focusing on healthy nutrition systems and improving the lifestyles of children, especially that the common food patterns and lack of movement are considered as major threats to the health of children and younger generations.
The students’ researches, which were conducted in several GCC states, emphasised on the importance of cooperation and joining efforts to raise more awareness on the negative impacts of obesity on individuals’ health, such as hypertension, diabetes, atherosclerosis, arthritis and other chronic diseases.
The researches also addressed various topics related to the phenomenon of obesity and lack of movement, such as the need to further encourage reading health posters on food and its relationship to obesity among the public.
A research conducted in Saudi Arabia showed that children below the age of eight years are the largest category suffering from obesity with an alarming high percentage of 65%.
Other researches that were presented at the exhibition included topics such as the positive and negative health effects of gastric toning, arthritis and the effect of breastfeeding and formula feeding on obesity.
The conclusion of the majority of the researches indicated that the phenomenon of obesity remains a common and serious health problem in GCC states.
The students also warned of the future effects of the spread of obesity on the rise in the percentage of chronic diseases in the society. Therefore, students urged to follow comprehensive plans that are based on changing lifestyles among the majority of the population in GCC states to avoid the spread of chronic diseases.

Source : agu.edu.bh