New figures released by the Women and Child Development
ministry show that 18 percent of school children in Delhi are overweight and at
risk of being obese.
A seminar organized by the ministry said that all these
children were prone to develop high blood pressure, insulin resistant diabetes
and cardiac problems in future. Renuka Chowdhury, minister of state for women
and child development told delegates that there was an urgent need to check
obesity in children.
A new study by Dr Anoop Misra, Fortis Healthcare and
colleagues published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed
that some 29% of schoolchildren of private schools in Delhi are obese or are at
risk of being obese, while 11.3% of government schoolchildren fall in this
Ms Chowdhury told
delegates that some policy decisions will be taken shortly in order to ensure
that this problem was addressed as soon as possible.