Did you know that even though India is a still a developing nation that is struggling with poverty, malnutrition, and disease, it has the second highest number of obese children in the world? Now if that isn't alarming I don't know what is. Data released by the World Obesity Federation, a community of organizations dedicated to solving the problem of obesity, shows that the percentage of Indian adults living with obesity is set to jump to around 5% by 2025, from 3.7% in 2014.
Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar has always been very vocal about the health conditions in our country. She feels the shift is largely due to most of the population moving to westernised diets, inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle. Childhood obesity is real and is happening and if we as parents neglect the warning signs at an early stage, we are only putting our children's health at stake here. She has time and again emphasized on why healthy eating should be taught to kids from a very young age and why we, as parents, need to believe and practise the same.
The fact is we live in an obesogenic environment and it will take a multi-pronged approach to change that — more open, greener spaces, safe footpaths for kids to walk to school, changes in pricing and government policies (not allowing Rs 5 packets of chips to be sold, for example), regulating the number of junk food ads on TV (like Jamie Oliver’s recent #adenough campaign), etc.
Rujuta Diwekar posted about the obesity and hidden hunger conditions in the country in her recent Instagram feed and we can't agree more. Time to sit up and take notice, parents?
Countries like ours need to quickly take corrective steps. We are hugely affected not just by adult obesity but also by hidden hunger (micronutrient deficiencies like Vit D, B12, anemia etc) and by severe hunger that leads to death. The situation is worse for our kids as currently we have the highest number of underweight kids along with second highest numbers of obese kids. Time is ripe for adults at home to demand lesser polluted cities, better walking paths and more green spaces from governments. And to take active steps to cleaning up home environment off ultra processed packaged food and to cook more fresh, local food. Time for men to step up and take active part in the kitchen so that we can together build healthier families, communities and cities. #Repost @who with @get_repost ãƒ»ãƒ»ãƒ» Adult obesity is worsening, and more than 1 in 8 adults in the ???? is obese. Food insecurity can lead not only to hunger, but also overweight and obesity.
As parents, we need to stress on serving healthy food at home and not give in to the demands of children when it comes to healthy eating.
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