Child Obesity Rate Rising in India

UMMATIMES - Children in India continue to be the age group affected by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. A new report finds that children in India are overweight. Most lead a poor lifestyle and exhibit poor levels of health and fitness.

A survey conducted by Sportz Village Schools on Delhi children revealed more than 51 percent of children have an unhealthy BMI, meaning every one in two children suffer from bad lifestyle habits, and may be overweight.

Not only are obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle the main risk factors during the time of Covid-19, childhood obesity is also linked to many worrying disorders in the years that follow. Also of concern is that childhood obesity is on the rise in India, home to the second highest number of obese children in the world.

Reported by the Times of India on Tuesday (15/6), statistics show that between 6-8 percent of school children in India suffer from some form of obesity, which is a significant public health problem. There are many reasons why children are obese, from lifestyle to genetics and hormones. There are also a number of risk factors that increase the child's risk of obesity, such as heredity, diet, lack of exercise, poor nutritional control, socioeconomic status, certain medications, eating more at home.

However, the most pressing cause behind childhood obesity is their lifestyle, which has changed greatly over the years, and has been most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Children sit in front of screens, without exercise or physical activity that can improve their physical or mental health.

Obese children have a higher risk of developing serious health problems such as hypertension, high cholesterol and triglycerides, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, coronary heart disease, type-2 diabetes, stroke, breathing problems, emotional disorders, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems. , as well as several other problems, such as cancer.

Despite those health complications, obese children can be ridiculed, bullied, and made fun of for their weight. It can affect a child's self-image, self-confidence, and increase the risk of depression and anxiety.

We have all heard that prevention is better than cure, because it is better to prevent childhood obesity than to treat its complications. There are certain changes that a person can make that can prevent childhood obesity, for example, increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, set an example for children, clean sleep, reward children with things other than food, help them maintain relationships healthy with food.

As a parent, it's your job to help your child during this process. You can't expect them to change their habits without changing yours. Children follow their parents, and if you want your child to change their behavior, you need to show them how to do it.

You have to be a role model showing how to live a healthy lifestyle and choose nutritious alternatives. You have to create a healthy environment at home, and not criticize your child's weight, making them feel bad. Get regular checkups so you can spot the problem before it becomes dangerous. These methods not only prevent childhood obesity, but also solve the problem.