Saudi Journal of Obesity

: 2018  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 43--47

Preconference workshop (November 30, 2018)

Mohammed Y Alnaami 
 Professor of General and Bariatric Surgery, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

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Prof. Mohammed Y Alnaami
Professor of General and Bariatric Surgery, King Saud University,Riyadh,
Saudi Arabia

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The preconference workshop started with the opening ceremony hosted by Prince Sultan Bin Abdul-Aziz Humanitarian City (SBAHC) under the patronage of H.E. Prof. Ayaman Abdo, Secretary-General of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS). The first speech was made by Mr Abdulaziz Alsubail representing the CEO of SBAHC, who presented the vision and mission of city describing its contributions to the community in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with all kind of handicaps including the surgical center of excellence accredited by the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases (IFSO), which serve obese patients with top quality care using the multidisciplinary team approach. The following speech presented by Prof Adnan Mofti, president of the Saudi Arabian Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (SASMBS), highlighting its vision and mission, roles and responsibilities of the various committees, and related programs to combat obesity in the society. The next speech by H.E. Prof Ayman Abdo addressed the problem of obesity in the society, and the SCFHS roles and support of the various health professional societies including commending the SASMBS.

Prof Mohammed Alnaāmi, the chairman of the scientific and organizing committee concluded the opening ceremony by thanking all speakers and participants, the administration of SBAHC for hosting the workshop and the forum, all supporting companies, and distributed the awards. Also, he introduced the preforum workshop program by a short presentation on “Interprofessional system approach to obesity prevention and control: concept and implications.” Then, the workshop participants divided into three groups: the strategies, guidelines, and policies themes. Each group has discussed current evidence and best practices and interventions to prevent and control obesity locally and internationally and came up with the following recommendations.

The strategies theme and recommendations:

Muhammed Khushaim1, Adnan Mofti2, Ian Caterson3, Aayed Alqahtani4, Nami Aljohani5, Shaker Alomari6, Mohammed Alnaami7, Aljawharah Aldubikhi8, Rami Basardah9

1Member of the Shura Council and former Deputy-Minister for Planning and Development (Ministry of Health), 2President of SASMBS, 3Former President of the World Obesity Federation, 4Chairman of the SASMBS Membership Committee, 5Deputy-Minister for Schools’ Health (Ministry of Education), 6Former President of the National Obesity Control Program, 7Chairman of the SASMBS Scientific Committee, 8PhD Student in Obesity Research-Program Evaluation(UK), 9Fellow of Bariatric and Laparoscopic Surgery (King Saud University).

1. To form a task-force committee to review all previous important international and national strategies to combat obesity.

2. They will also include content experts and strategies expert.

3. This task force will form different subgroups in different disciplines related to obesity.

4. The task force will formulate the finalized strategies and submit it to the Saudi CDC to formulate a national experts’ committee, to recruit and outsource from different agencies, find resources, and execute strategies.

The guidelines theme and recommendations:

Khalid M. Gari1, Fahad Alshehri2, Assim Alfadda3, Bushra Albashir4, Abdulaziz Alothman5, Khaled Alrubeaan6, Nasreen Alfaris7, Ali Almuntasheri8, Naif Alenazi9, Esam Batayyah10, Mahmood Sadagah11, Ghalia Abdeen12, Mashael Abu Shaya13, Hanadi Alouthah14

1Vice-President of SASMBS, 2Former Chairman of the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity Guidelines Committee-SASMBS, 3Chairman of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults Committee, 4Deputy General Supervisor of Nutritional Guidelines for Saudis − the Healthy Food Palm, 5President of the Saudi Society for Clinical Nutrition, 6Former Director of the Diabetes Center at King Saud University, 7Director of the Obesity Fellowship Program − King Fahd Medical City, 8Secretary General of the SASMBS, 9Chairman of the SASMBS Website and Communications Committee, 1°Chairman of the SASMBS Financial Committee, 11Chairman of the SASMBS Support and Development Committee, 12 Chairman of the Charitable Association for Combating Obesity (KAYL), 13Senior Nutritionist of the Obesity Center − King Saud Medical City, 14Vice-Chairman of the Charitable Association for Combating Obesity (KAYL).

1. To create a task force inclusive of all members of the MDT: dietitians, obesity medicine specialists, endocrinologists, physical therapists, and metabolic surgeons to create standardized clinical practice guidelines for metabolic surgery.

2. The task force should undergo formal training on how to develop guidelines.

3. The task force will rate the quality of evidence available for each recommendation and grade it accordingly.

4. The proposed guidelines will adopt international guidelines but will add cultural modifications when required.

5. The task force will tackle the perception of obesity in our culture as a major challenge and will design clinical guidelines that are patient-centered and culture sensitive.

6. The guidelines will be endorsed not only by SASMBS, but also will seek endorsement by different local societies (e.g., Saudi endocrine society, nutrition, etc.)

7. The guidelines should be endorsed by the Health Services Council in order to implement nationwide.

8. The guidelines should include both pre- and postmetabolic surgery management and management of metabolic surgery emergencies and possible complications.

The policies theme and recommendations:

Ayoub Aljawaldeh1, Sultan Al Saud2, Riyad Alghamdi3, Saleh Aldosari4, Mohammad Alsaif5, Albandari Alshathry6, Ahmed Alghamdi7, Khalid Alomari8

1Regional Advisor in Nutrition (World Health Organization), 2Director of the Health Program in All Policies (HiAP), 3Executive Director of Health Programs National Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Ministry of Health), 4Executive Vice-President for Food Sector (Saudi Food and Drug Authority), 5Food Sector (Saudi Food and Drug Authority), 6PhD Nutrition (King Saud Medical City), 7Leader of the National Optional Health Care System, 8General Supervisor of the Obesity and Endocrinology Program (King Fahd Medical City).

1. National Framework of Action on Obesity Prevention [Table 1]

2. National Framework of Action on Obesity Prevention at School Levels [Table 2]

3. National Framework of Action on Obesity Prevention at Workplace [Table 3]

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Table 1 Regional framework to scale-up actions on obesity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Table 2 Comparison between the two groups of patients regarding serial systemic vascular resistance assessments.

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Table 3 Regional framework to scale-up action on obesity in the kingdom of saudi arabia: strategic interventions at the workplace.

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