A new multi-center cross-sectional study conducted by the International Diabetes Federation has found that the waist size in children may be able to predict their future risk of developing metabolic disorders.
The study, which involved 10,842 children in Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune and Raipur, found that the risk of developing metabolic syndrome in Indian kids was 70th waist circumference (WC) percentile, which is "significantly lower than international proposed WC cutoff of 90th percentile." The study also found that 3.3 per cent or 358 children had high blood pressure.
Dr Archana Dayal Arya, pediatric endocrinologist at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, and co-author of the study, told the Times of India that the results were shocking as kids young as six years old had "diseases like hypertension, diabetes mellitus and abnormalities in the lipid profile."
The details of the study will be published in the forthcoming issue of the Journal of Pediatrics