Children today are unsuspecting
victims of this monstrosity called obesity,
which will render a whole generation of under
30s incapacitated. It renders them vulnerable to
chronic health problems like diabetes, high
blood pressure, heart diseases and sleep
problems. In India, one in ten children in India
is obese,” says Dr Shashank Joshi, who is an
adult & paediatric endocrinologist &
diabetologist. With his clinic located at Turner
road, Bandra, he is a fellow of the American
College of Physicians and the Indian college of
physicians. Joshi is a faculty in the department
of endocrinology at Seth G.S medical college &
K.E.M hospital and is affiliated to several
leading hospitals in the city.
Dr Joshi does not subscribe to
the view that a chubby child is a healthy child.
“Its a myth which has become so firmly
entrenched in our psyche that it is difficult to
convince people otherwise,” he explains.
Research indicates that overweight babies are
prone to obesity & diabetes later in life.
“Infact, management of obesity should start even
before birth. There is conclusive evidence to
show that women who are overfed in the second
trimester of pregnancy predispose their
offspring to obesity & other preventable
diseases later in life,” is his warning.