Opportunistic screening for obesity among hospital attendees

-Rajan Shrestha
Recognizing increasing threat presented by diabetes, hypertension and primary open angle glaucoma to public health, CHEERS has initiated a screening program for patients and their escorts visiting CHEERS.
Among 9,805 individuals above the age of 35 years who attended the screening clinic at CHEERS, 35 % individuals had raised blood pressure. Obesity based on Body Mass Index (BMI) is present in 24% and based on Weight Height Ratio (WtHR) is in 42%. Seven percent subjects had raised intraocular pressure in either eye. Nearly 12 % were found to have raised blood sugar level. The screening has helped in the early diagnosis, treatment and raising awareness about these non-communicable diseases especially on those Pre-hypertensive (42%) and Overweight (16%) people who are at greater risk and who can be helped in preventing or slowing down full-fledged diseases.

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