Health & Nutrition - - HEALTH ALERT -

Obe­sity is one term we hear ev­ery now and then. The WHO (World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion) de­fines obe­sity as: “Ab­nor­mal or ex­ces­sive fat ac­cu­mu­la­tion that presents a risk to health.” In sim­ple words, obe­sity is the state of be­ing grossly fat or over­weight. It is of­ten as­so­ci­ated with de­vel­oped na­tions. Con­sump­tion of canned food, so­das, burg­ers or piz­zas, spend­ing a lot of time in­doors play­ing games on phones and iPads and gen­er­ally liv­ing an un­healthy life­style are the rea­sons be­hind it. How­ever, what we of­ten tend to ig­nore is that obe­sity is as much preva­lent in In­dia as it is in the US. A re­cent An­nual Health and Fitness sur­vey con­ducted by EduS­ports (a school sports or­gan­i­sa­tion) across 245 schools in 87 cities and 26 states in In­dia re­vealed alarm­ing re­sults. Ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, ev­ery two in five kids in the age group of 7-17 years did not have a healthy BMI. Phys­i­cal fitness is key to tack­ling a grow­ing epi­demic called ‘child­hood obe­sity’.

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