Preventing Obesity In Children
ParentEdge|January - February 2021
Obesity in childhood has wide-ranging consequences hypertension, cardiac issues, emotional disturbances such as inappropriate behaviour, relationship problems, depression or an inability to learn.
Dr. Raman Goel

In India, 22% of children and adolescents between the ages five and nineteen suffer from obesity!

• A study published in the Indian Journal of Paediatrics states that in India, there’s a 22% obesity prevalence rate in children and adolescents between five and nineteen years. The study links childhood obesity to “rapidly changing dietary practices and a sedentary lifestyle”. In a country where increasing weight is often linked with prosperity and good health (‘khaate peete ghar ka’ goes a local saying in jest), it is important to understand the ill effects of obesity.

• Wide ranging consequences such as hypertension, cardiac issues, and in several cases emotional disturbances such as inappropriate behaviour, relationship problems, depression or an inability to learn make obesity a major red flag.

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