“In this world replete with diabetes and heart disease; it is important to prevent obesityfrom childhood to stop these diseases from happening. It is important that we influence school children so as to increase their knowledge about nutrition and physical activity, in an effort to change their attitude and practices for life”. – Dr.Anoop Misra Executive Chairman, Fortis C-DOC Healthcare Ltd
Obesity is no longer a concern that the west is grappling with. It has found its way onto Indian shores and it is a battle that many of us face today.
WHO global estimates state that in the year 2014 1.9 billion adults worldwide wereoverweight and of these 600 million were obese. Overall, about 13% of the world’s adult population (11% of men and 15% of women) were obese in 2014. The worldwide prevalence of obesity more than doubled between 1980 and 2014. Not just adults, in 2013, 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese.
How do you know that you are overweight or obese?
Over weight is defined as “a BMI greater than or equal to 25” & Obesity as “a BMI greater than and equal to 30”. BMI is body mass index, an index commonly used for classification of obesity. WHO defines it “as a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (kg/m2)”.