COAST WATCH

 DNA, Tuesday, 3rd October, 2006

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The kids aren't all right

Ten percent of children in Indian suffer from obesity

Shobha Vishwanath

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.

 

“In this age of instant gratification, mothers & children have succumbed to the lure of two minute ready-to-eat foods. The 2 minute gamble might have paid off in terms of time but has sabotaged children's health,” says Joshi.

 

 
 
 
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