A new study conducted by a sports management agency has revealed that obesity is on the rise among children in India with many of them suffering from the problem even before they reach adolescence.
Bangalore based EduSports surveyed nearly 4,000 school students aged between 5 to 14 years in 15 cities and found that nearly a quarter of them had a high Body Mass Index (BMI).
Nearly half of the students surveyed did not possess ideal BMI ratios while 19 percent showed lower than ideal BMI.
Stating that today's children find very less time to indulge in physical activities, lead researcher Reshma Nayak said "Due to the constantly changing lifestyle, children have become more passive. The space constraints that exist in the cities today has left children with no opportunity to play enough and this has reduced their immunity towards many health hazards."