Ways to Tackle the Epidemic

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Ways to Tackle the Epidemic

Dr. Pandit Anand of KEM hospital, Pune suggests various strategies to target specific age groups:

Infants and young children:

► Prevent excess weight gain in pregnancy and control diabetes in pregnancy.

► Promote exclusive breast feeding for six to eight months.

► Monitor growth with weight for height and BMI.

► Instruct mothers to accept child’s appetite and not force feed.

Children and Adolescents:

► Promote active lifestyles including at least one hour of vigorous activity per day.

► Limit daily television viewing

► Impart health education skills to make healthy food choices.

► Increase fruit and vegetable intake.

► Celebrations to be encouraged in the form of outdoor play and picnics rather than fast food parties.

► Educate about the evils of alcohol and tobacco to adolescents.

At Schools:

► Training teachers to inculcate values of good lifestyle habits in children.

► Introduction of ideal and healthy school meals.

► Introduction of nutrition and physical education in school curriculum as a compulsory and / or a ‘scoring subject’ with marks to be added to total. This kind of a strategy will make parents and children take due notice and dedicate required amount of time in their academic curriculum.

► Access to the playgrounds after school and on holidays.

► Monitor BMIs, identify the crossing percentiles, and counsel the pre- obese children.

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