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Dear Members,
It is a great honour and privilege to be elected as the President of the All India Association for Advancing Research in Obesity (AIAARO). It is also a great responsibility to carry forward the good work contributed by the founders, earlier presidents, and the executive members. Obesity and diabetes are a dual burden and an epidemic ă we have a social responsibility to fight against this epidemic and try to prevent it from growing further. In addition to public awareness, offering knowledge and training to clinicians and specialists involved in the care of people suffering from obesity and diabetes, the AIAARO will continue to take the lead in the field through meetings, CME events, conventions, courses, etc., The AIAARO is one of the best platforms to spread scientific information regarding the challenge at hand. As every organization evolves, it evolves to a "vision and mission%. It will be my responsibility, now as the President of the Association, to develop a vision and mission for the AIAARO, with the guidance of all the respected seniors in our society. Obesity as a disease and bariatric surgery as metabolic surgery are recent concepts approved by various respected organizations. The pathophysiology of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and related disorders ă even though complex, have been unveiled to some extent in the last few years. The AIAARO and the JOMR will jointly take the responsibility PresidentÊs Message Access this article of exploring the evolving science and make it reach the masses. Metabolic and bariatric surgeries have opened the gates to study and understand the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, and itÊs relation to hunger, satiety, and weight balance. Gut peptides, hormones, and flora are being researched systematically, and many novel less-invasive therapies are being evaluated. We, as members of healthcare community, will strive to involve ourselves in further research through the AIAARO. We dream of starting a research fellowship through the AIAARO during my tenure. Nutrition in the metabolically ill and obese, as well as nutrition in general, is a demand of the new era. We intend to partner with all our members and try to offer better knowledge and better nutrition than whatÊs in place, for all in need. Obesity is a multifactorial disease, and hence, integration of all the faculties of medicine involved in its treatment under the AIAARO will be the ongoing task of the association, and I assure you that I will give my best to our society and the population to be served.

Thanking you

Dr Shashank S. Shah
President, All India Association for Advancing Research in Obesity,
Director, Laparo-obeso Centre,
Past President, Obesity Surgery Society of India,
President, International Excellence Federation, India Address correspondence to:
Dr. Shashank S. Shah, Director, Laparo-obeso Centre 2143, Sadashiv Peth, Vijayanagar Colony, N. C. Phadke Chowk, Near Neelayam Theater, Next to Hotel Kaveri,
Pune - 411 030, India.

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