Overweight and Obesity: A major concern for health in India
Obesity has become a public health concern affecting different age groups in India.
The presence of ‘obesogenic environment’ such as easy availability of unhealthy food and few dimensions for recreational activities, might have led to the increase in the development of obesity.
Besides, environment, obesity is influenced by several other factors, thus becoming a multifaceted issue leading to other major health disorders. India is reported to be positioned as the third amongst the countries having the highest rates of obesity with a prevalence of 11% amongst adolescents and 20% amongst adults; and if not controlled will provide stimulus to an epidemic.
To control this nutritional disorder, a balanced diet with controlled calorie intake and regular physical activity must be practiced from childhood. Apart from personal interventions, involvement of the government in promoting health related programs might give a boost in monitoring and controlling the exponential growth of obesity