Friday, November 28, 2008


How many times have we seen more-than-chubby children, pulled their cheeks lovingly, and exclaimed,”How cute”. It’s time for a reality check. Childhood obesity is on a rapid rise in this country, in keeping with an unhealthy global trend: in 2007, an estimated 22 million children under; the age of five years were overweight according to the world health organization, and more are expected to join the abese club.
In an alarming report presented this week by the American Heart Association, the thickness of the artery walls of teenagers who are abese were reported to resemble the thickness of an average 45 year-old’s artery walls. In other words, evidence was presented that obese children show early warning signs of heart disease. Childhood obesity is also linked to other serious health complications including juvenile diabetes. We can no longer dismiss it as a problem of the West. We might not be grappling with a problem as huge as the US-where childhood obesity is considered an epidemic-or the UK. But trouble is knocking on our doors, as well as those of other developing countries like China, Brazil and Thailand.
A recent ‘Indian Pediatrics’ report makes this point. Unlike in much of the West, where childhood obesity is more prevalent among low-income gro9ups, in India it is a malaise that afflicts the better off. The prevalence of obesity is higher in the upper socio-economic class (4.8 percent) as compared to the lower socio-economic class (1 percent). In urban Delhi, about 37 percent of children are either overweight or obese. Medical experts attribute; the weighty troubles of developing countries to changed attribute the weighty troubles of developing countries to changed dietary habits-read on overdose of fast and processed foods-and a steep drop in levels of physical activity.
An unhealthy diet is partly a function of the greater access and choice that the expanding middle class has. And partly because of the compulsions of modern urban life, where both parents often work and prefer quick and easy processed food options rather than cooking every meal from scratch. City children today are also more inclined to spend leisure as couch or mouse potatoes, which does not help in the battle against the bulge. Concerted efforts involving schools, families and government to tackle juvenile obesity are in the order. For a start policymakers must invest in educating parents, especially mothers about the perils of childhood obesity. And it would be of immense help if we, as society, got over our peculiar proclivity to associate overweight-specially when it concerns children-with ‘well-fed’ and ‘healthy’.


At November 29, 2008 at 3:09 AM, Blogger GMG said...

Hi Raghu! I'm glad to see you back and to note that you did survive all the awful news in the media this week… Interesting post dealing with a quite actual problem!
Meanwhile Blogtrotter is in Tunisia, now at the Blue Village! Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!

At November 29, 2008 at 5:33 PM, Blogger (¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯) said...

this is so true. I have seen kids suffering... i dont know where human race is headed.

At November 30, 2008 at 9:09 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

I agree...children should be taught what and how to eat from their early years.


At December 2, 2008 at 5:28 AM, Blogger iriz said...

they say what we eat is who we are.
it's ok to splurge on foods that gives pleasure to your tastebuds but be responsible enough to consider your health. one might not think about it as they're young but soon they'll realize.

well balance diet and exercise, that's what we need.

nice to be here.
take care!;)

At December 24, 2008 at 7:51 AM, Blogger GMG said...

Hi Raghu! Just dropped by to wish you a great holiday season! Hope to be back before 2009... ;)
Blogtrotter just left Tunisia (without your comments... ;-() and is starting its new adventure in India. Enjoy and have a great time!

At March 28, 2009 at 11:01 AM, Blogger varun said...


Ha ha ha ...I pity for idots posting comments for a THIEF !!



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