#WorldObesityDay: Here’s why obese mannequins are replacing slender models

What is the first thing that you see on display when you walk by or enter a retail clothing store? Mannequins must come to your mind as the answer. Generally, the mannequins (models) appear to be quite fit and muscular with a flat belly or washboard abs. But, over the years, with changing times and a new health reality even mannequins have changed their appearance

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Image courtesy: Twitter

The image which is given above recently went viral on social media. It says a lot about today’s health scenario. Could you guess why? The answer is, that these days lots of people require oversize clothing as they are overweight or obese.

Hey, wait! Don’t laugh at the picture. Before laughing, have look at the picture and then look at yourself. This picture shows the grim reality of today’s world. Due to the faulty lifestyle, we have invited a lot of diseases. And one of them is obesity.

Health experts state that obesity is a threat to human life. It is called as a mother of all the diseases. India is the third most obese nation, after the United States of America (USA) and China. It also has a growing number of patients suffering with type-2 diabetes cases.

Dr Sanjay Borude, a senior Bariatric Surgeon from Mumbai, in My Medical Mantra’s – Healthy Maharashtra coffee table book stated, “The world is currently fighting a war against obesity. Obesity is spreading like an epidemic even in Maharashtra. There are three aspects to obesity. Adult obesity, which is mainly due to faulty eating patterns and erratic lifestyle. Genetic obesity which affects around 20-25%. And, lastly, hormone or metabolism-related obesity.”

India currently has 14.4 million children who are suffering from obesity. In the near future, these children would grow up to become an adult.

The prevalence of obesity in Indian children and teenagers has increased significantly during 1990-2017, with an annual rise of 4.98%, according to the study.

The obesity time bomb is ticking for India’s teenagers. A World Obesity Federation global study states that an estimated 27.4 million children and teenagers in the country will be afflicted by obesity in 2030, placing India just behind China which tops the world with 61.9 million obese five to 19-year-olds in just over a decade.

The WOF, which represents members of scientific, medical and research communities from over 50 regional and national obesity associations, has calculated the risk of 191 countries acquiring a major childhood obesity problem over the next decade. Easy access to fast food, increasing screen time and more motorised transport are the cocktail of factors that sends obesity rates soaring around the globe, says the report.

The WOF report, however, is not the first one to point a finger at this looming health crisis in India. At least 11.5% of children in the 2-4-year-old age group in India are overweight, according to a study published in The Lancet last month.

Health experts say, while it is very easy to laugh at a picture of a mannequin with a huge tummy. We must realise that if we don’t pay attention to ourselves, we would soon require to buy clothing that fits the obese mannequin.