Diabesity a growing concern in children, says survey

Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often take children on the path to health problems that were once considered adult problems — diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. To highlight this serious issue, recently, a survey was conducted by Pune based NGO and doctors, in Pune and Mumbai, irrespective of socio-economic background of children who participated in it

Diabesity a growing concern in children, says survey

On the occasion of Children’s day and Diabetes day, the survey results were announced at the press conference in Pune. Rotary club of Koregoan Pune and Jt foundation, along with city doctors had joined hands together to conduct the survey.

The survey was carried out in different private and municipal schools in Pune and Mumbai; wherein 6,000 students studying between 8th and 10th standard participated. The survey revealed that almost 18 per cent of those screened were obese, 32 per cent were overweight and another 52 per cent have strong family history of diabetes.

On 16 November, the campaign to fight obesity will also be launched in Pune where a special documentary would be screened. Dr Jayashree Todkar, bariatric surgeon from Pune, who is also part of the campaign, said, “Around 1,400 representatives of school have been invited for the documentary screening. The documentary sensitises on the issue of obesity and informs about its causes and prevention. Later, the documentary will be screened in around 7,000 schools across the city.”

Along with the documentary a special Body Mass Index (BMI) dialer is also been prepared by the experts which will be distributed in all the schools in the city. This BMI dialer will help students in measuring their height and weight. As a part of the campaign, they have also approached state education department to include chapter on rising obesity and its problems in the school curriculum.

Sandesh Gupta, President, Rotary Club Koregoan Park, said, “As part of various health camps conducted by Rotary for children in schools within rural and urban areas, we came across many obese children; this prompted us to take up this cause.”