Obesity is one of the serious medical conditions affecting today’s children. A recent article in the Times of India mentioned that childhood obesity is reaching alarming proportions, with India reporting around 22% prevalence rate over the last five years in children and adolescents aged between 5 and 19. One of the primary reasons for a child turning obese is that parents often fail to understand and detect the condition at an early stage. An obese kid is often mistakenly termed ‘chubby’ and ‘cute’, without realising that often he would grow into a fat adult.
Obesity affects a child in multiple ways. It affects his physical agility, academic performance and the overall confidence. He may be subjected to bullying and teasing. He also suffers from poor body image. This, in turn, leads to increased comfort eating and behavioural issues, leading to further weight gain. Over a period of time, obesity can lead to the development of hazardous health complaints like diabetes, hypertension and so on.
In such a situation, parents should step in to bring about changes in the lives of their children by following healthy eating practices and being physically active. A new report by the World Health Organization has identified ‘marketing of unhealthy foods and non-alcoholic beverages’ as a major factor in the increase in numbers of children being overweight and obese, particularly in the developing world. Reducing the consumption of fast foods and the time spent on sedentary activities like watching TV and playing video games, and involving the child in fun group activities with the entire family will promote bonding and also control his weight.
Obesity can be controlled with healthy habits. Mukesh Ambani’s son Anant Ambani lost 108 kg. Actor Parineeti Chopra confessed to have been a comfort eater as a teenager, resulting in being obese. Film director Karan Johar was an overweight kid weighing 120 kg. All of them now sport a fit and healthy look, thanks to their healthy lifestyle.
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