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Obesity Epidemic Sweeps India: Lacent Study Revels Alarming Trends and Urges Immediate Action

A recent study published in The Lancet has shed light on a concerning trend in India's health landscape: a steep increase in obesity rates among children and adults. The study, which analyzed data from 1990 to 2022, found that 12.5 million children aged between five and 19 were classified as grossly overweight in 2022, a staggering increase from just 0.4 million in 1990.

This rise in obesity comes at a time when India is already grappling with a high burden of non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Experts are particularly concerned about the implications of this trend for the younger population, as obesity during childhood and adolescence can have long-term health consequences.

Dr. Pradeepa, a leading expert in the field, emphasizes the role of dietary habits in driving obesity, pointing to the consumption of added sugars through beverages as a significant contributing factor. She stresses the need for a comprehensive approach involving the government, communities, and individuals to address this issue.

Key recommendations from experts include promoting healthier dietary choices, increasing physical activity levels, restricting the marketing of unhealthy foods to children, and improving access to affordable and nutritious foods. Dr. Laxmaiah also highlights the importance of involving children in daily household chores and ensuring regular health screenings to prevent and manage obesity.

This study serves as a wake-up call for India to take urgent action to tackle the growing obesity epidemic. By implementing targeted interventions and adopting healthier lifestyles, we can reverse this trend and ensure a healthier future for generations to come.



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