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Myth, Reality & Evidence

A country where 270 million people live below the ‘poverty line’, obesity seems to be a distant issue, meant for the rich kids of the first world. But India is under siege: junk food, alcohol and sedentary lifestyle are leading us to silent self-destruction, making one in every five Indian men and women either obese or overweight.

Current Eating Habits of urban Indian children:

More than 40% of the children eat out once or more in a week.
70% children eat chips once or more in a week.
38% children eat burgers once or more in a week.
48% children eat pizzas once or more in a week.
40% eat French fries once or more in a week.
60% eat noodles and drink colas once or more in a week.

1. MYTH: “Fat babies are healthy. With age, the baby fat will go away.”

Reality: 50-70% of obese children will remain obese adults. 28% of urban children have syndrome X, one step away from diabetes and 2 steps away from heart disease.

2. MYTH: “Heart Disease starts at old age.”

Reality: Hardening and blockage of the arteries starts at 11 years in boys and 15 years in girls.

3. MYTH: “A child does not develop high blood pressure or low good cholesterol.”

Reality: Many children will have high blood pressure and low good cholesterol

“Once fat, you could develop diabetes and heart disease as early in twenties!!!!”

The Evidence

Diabetes: The current load of diabetes in India is expected to increase by 170% in the next 20 years. Presently 70 million Indians are Diabetic. India is the Diabetic capital of the world.
High Blood Pressure: One in three urban Indians have high blood pressure. It is predicted to increase by 60% in next 20 years.
Obesity: Obesity has reached alarming figures. Current figures in New Delhi indicate that every second person fulfills criteria of obesity or has excess abdominal fat.
Heart Disease: The absolute death rate due to heart disease has increased in India from 1.6 million/y in the year 2000 to 2 million in 2010 and 2.6 million by the year 2020, an increase by 61%.

Let us help you get in shape….

get yourself checked every 6 months and follow diet suggested by our Dietitian.



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