Dr. Muffi started his bariatric surgical practice in 2004 and simultaneously started a support group with the belief of making it a philosophy behind the after-weight loss care. DHI strongly believes that the after care is as important as the surgery itself. Branded as ‘Coffee with Muffi’, it has been the longest running bariatric support group for 15 years, where patients who have undergone weight loss surgery come together to share their weight loss story. This support group runs successfully in many places in India and the Middle East namely, Mumbai, Surat, Nagpur, Raipur, Dubai and Oman. Special editions of ‘Coffee with Muffi’ see over 200 guests attend the event. This event in Mumbai was a special edition, which had 200 attendees who have lost weight, both surgically and non-surgically.
The event was held at the DHI flagship centre in Kamala Mills, Lower Parel. It was an open house where the entire event was very interactive. Over 200 guests visited the centre to meet Dr. Muffi, the DHI team and other people like them who have successfully won the battle against obesity. Guests were greeted with small medals, tagged as ‘DHI Ambassadors’, which they had to proudly wear on their shirt. A brief walkthrough of the state-of-the-art, medically supervised DHI centre was done where the lifestyle offerings of fitness, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy etc. take place. Everyone was then seated and served a delicious salad and a healthy smoothie, made with the new SoulFuel Banana protein.
There was a special panel set up made up of DHI Ambassadors from different backgrounds but with two common factors – ‘Leading a healthy life post their weight-loss and joining the battle against obesity with DHI’. The panel consisted of guests like Gautam Khattar, (part-owner of Lord of the Drinks, Tamasha etc.), Minica Chhabria, (daughter of Indian automobile designer, Dilip Chhabria), Reena Roy, (Bollywood actor) and many others who made the most of their second chance at life. These panelists were asked questions about their weight loss journey and how their lives have transformed post the weight loss. Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala was also part of the panel where he spoke about each panelist and how he has seen the tremendous transformations of all.
Mr. Khattar spoke about his desire to lose weight and how he has maintained himself with a busy schedule. He also spoke on how he is working to get a six-pack. Ms. Roy spoke about how she had to stop dancing briefly because of her weight and how the surgery had helped her to continue chasing her dreams. Another panelist member, Mr. Gieve Acidwalla, spoke at length on how he was motivated post surgery to get fit and run marathons. Mr. Rajeev Malik, another panel member, mentioned how he was able to undergo a knee replacement surgery after he lost weight through bariatric surgery. Ms. Chhabria mentioned that seeing her own weight loss motivated her to become a bariatric counselor to help others suffering from obesity. The audience members also asked a few questions to the panelists. The important message of winning the battle against obesity was highlighted throughout the discussion.
Digestive Health Institute also showcased the premium after weight loss careservice, which patients can avail at the same centre. Post the panel discussion, a member of the DHI Multispecialists, Dr. Giriraj Gandhi (Post-Bariatric Body Contouring specialist) addressed the audience on what can be done post-bariatric to get rid of loose skin. Post-surgery, DHI has a single mission of making the patient look and feel great and hence highlighted post-bariatric care with various offerings.
DHI also launched its Healthy Bazaar, an initiative of getting healthy brands to its clients and help them make healthy choices. Zero sugar ice creams, protein breads, protein water and many more were showcased and tasted by all attendees.
SoulFuel, a premium protein supplement range, made by DHI in India has been in the market for a year. With their USP of no sugar and no artificial sweeteners, the new Banana flavor was introduced by Dr. Muffi at the event and was served as a Banana Smoothie to all guests. This is an addition to the existing flavors of Butterscotch, Chocolate, Mocha and Vanilla. The SoulFuel protein range is available on Amazon, Flipkart and the DHI website.
Concluding the event, guests socialized over healthy treats at the Healthy Bazaar, clicked pictures with the DHI team and Dr. Muffi and also inducted new soldiers in the fight against obesity. This special edition of ‘Coffee with Muffi’ was a huge success in bringing together many patients and people battling obesity and is one step closer to the goal of eradicating India of obesity.