Message from our Co-Founding Presidents
Overweight and obesity is one of the major non-communicable disease of the 21st century, and Hong Kong is no exception to this global epidemic. Treatment of overweight and obesity, also known as the practice of “Obesity Medicine”, relies on an effective multidisciplinary approach with contribution of service from physicians, surgeons, dietitians, physiotherapists and psychologists / counsellors at appropriate times during a patient’s journey. Input from various specialists for the associated disorders of overweight and obesity (e.g. respiratory physicians, cardiologists, nephrologists, gastroenterologists, hematologists, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, anesthesiologist, orthopaedic surgeons, gynecologist and obstetricians), and provision of joint care from primary care and family medicine physicians are also a necessary part of a holistic care model. Most importantly, all professionals involved in the practice of obesity medicine should be delivering consistent messages to facilitate synergy between all efforts. Equally important is the need for peer and patient education so that fellow colleagues and patients can be empowered in the battle against this epidemic. It is with the above visions that we co-founded the Hong Kong Obesity Society in April 2016. To keep up-to-date in this rapidly developing field, collaboration with international experts in the field is another aim of the Hong Kong Obesity Society. We are fortunate to have support from an extensive of world leaders in obesity medicine and bariatric surgery on our advisory board. We hope that this coalition of efforts would bring about better health and wellness to people suffering from overweight and obesity in Hong Kong.
過重及肥胖症是二十一世紀備受關注的非傳染性疾病。香港與世界其他發達國家一樣，面對這股疫情的挑戰。醫治過重及肥胖症，又稱「肥胖學」，是需要配合內科醫生、外科醫生、營養師、物理治療師及心理學家和專業輔導師的緊密聯繫及綜合治療，在適當的時刻提供適切的服務。肥胖症所引致的併發症亦依賴相關專科醫生 (如胸肺科、心臟、腎科、腸胃科、血液科、皮膚科、整型外科、痲醉科、骨科、婦產科等) 的專業診治。家庭及普通科醫生亦是全面治療模式不可或缺的一環。各方專家給患者的醫療訊息必須一致，才能令治療事半功倍。同樣地，擁有醫治肥胖症及相關併發症經驗的同事們亦應身體力行，並分享經驗，教導其他同事及患者，令他們能夠肩負對抗肥胖症。為實現這些理念，我們在 2016 年 4 月成立「香港肥胖學會」。 肥胖學的發展一日千里，為了更有效地提升肥胖學在本地的發展，「香港肥胖學會」亦以和國際專家緊密聯繫作為其中一項重點。我們有幸得到世界各地的肥胖學及減重手術權威的支持，作為我們的諮詢顧問。我們希望透過「香港肥胖學會」的凝聚力，為香港人，尤其是患有過重或肥胖症的香港人，帶來更多的健康、資訊及服務。