- The Maharashtra state government has decided to set up a task force to curb rising cases of child obesity in the state
- The force is to be set up jointly with JT foundation in Maharashtra
- The government has also planned to set up a dedicated Metabolic Institute for common man’s benefit
Faulty lifestyle, social media, gaming, and lack of exercise are some of the contributors for rising obesity among children. Currently, India ranks second and falls behind only to China worldwide in child obesity cases. Child obesity is spreading like an epidemic.
The Maharashtra government has decided to set up a task force with JT foundation to curb the rising number of obesity cases. On Thursday, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao along with CM Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated a book ‘Obesity Mantra’ jointly written by Dr Jayashree Todkar, a well-known obesity specialist, and Santosh Shenoy.
Governor C Vidyasagar Rao said, “Worldwide, around 39% of people are overweight, and 13% are suffering from Obesity. The state must organise a medical camp before starting the academic year, through which awareness can be created among the students.”
Last week, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar met the Governor and requested the government to start ‘Young and Healthy Bharat’ campaign in all universities. Governor C Vidyasagar Rao added, “Sachin Tendulkar suggested that all students should be encouraged to play one hour daily. The state should implement this on priority.”
CM Fadnavis added, “I never knew that obesity is a disease. Dr Todkar, through JT foundation, has been working relentlessly to spread awareness about obesity. The government will set up a task force with JT foundation soon.”