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Survey finds 10% of local Indian students obese

Indian doctors warn that childhood obesity, if unchecked, can lead to diseases like hypertension and type-II diabetes. Sedentary lifestyles coupled with consumption of junk food and hours spent in front of mobile phones, laptops and television; all play a role in rising obesity among children, which is fast becoming a health concern in metropolitan areas.

A survey conducted by a private provider of health services in schools in Bengaluru found that 10% of children between 3 and 16 years were obese. It also found that another 13.8% were at risk of contracting lifestyle diseases in adulthood.

According to an article by The Hindu, H.P.S. Sachdev, a paediatrician at Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research in Delhi, stated that childhood obesity is a matter of serious concern all over the world because children who are overweight or obese grow up to be overweight or obese adults.

“Childhood obesity is also a forerunner of metabolic syndrome, poor physical health, respiratory problems and diseases like hypertension and glucose intolerance (type-II diabetes). This is a matter of serious concern as the latter typically occur later in life,” Dr Sachdev said.

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