Child obesity cases rising globally: Here’s why India should be worried

Child obesity cases rising globally: Here’s why India should be worried

Obesity, which is a serious public health concern, is increasing rapidly among children, said experts on the occasion of World Obesity Day.

Indians are highly prone to lifestyle diseases or non-communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer which, coupled with obesity, can only aggravate the health complications.

World Obesity Day is observed globally on March 4 every year. This year’s World Obesity Day Theme is ‘Every Body Needs Everybody’.

India has the second-highest number of obese children in the world after China, according to a study, which means that 14.4 million kids in the country have excess weight. Healthcare experts have attributed the rise in obesity to unhealthy food choices and lack of physical activities among children and even adults.

Type 2 diabetes, which mostly affected the age group of 30+, is becoming more common in children as young as 12 years old.

The prevalence of overweight and obesity in children is 15% and for those studying in private schools catering to upper-income families, the incidence has shot up to 35-40%, indicating a worrying upward trend.

These findings indicate a lack of physical activity among kids who are spending most of their time on gadgets or studies. The consumption of junk food has also increased in the past few years.

According to the ICMR-INDIAB study 2015, the prevalence rate of obesity varies from 11.8 % to 31.3%, and central obesity from 16.9%36.3%. A total of 5% of the Indian population is morbidly obese, (>30 Body Mass Index). Obesity in the central part of the body has a strong link to heart disease and a major cause for worry.

News Source: India TV News

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