Obesity in India - A growing problem!

October 21st, 2008 - 1:36 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Obesity is an excess proportion of total body fat. A person is considered obese when his or her weight is 20% or more above normal weight. The most common measure of obesity is the body mass index. Obesity is common in North America, Australia and Europe. Indians are genetically susceptible to weight accumulation especially around the waist and 5 per cent of the population suffers due to obesity in India.

According to the study :
The states which ranks the rate of obesity are :

Punjab : 30.3 % Males ,37.5 % Females
Kerala 24.3 % Males, 34 % Females
Goa 20.8 % Males, 27 % Females

In 1997, it stated that the incidence of obesity in India is 7-9 % , though the number of obesity is less as compared to America and the other countries, but it is also a significant due to the sheer size of the population in India. With such large numbers, India has been requested to join the International Congress on Obesity (ICO) for further study on the risk and management of the overweight in a developing economy. With this, India would be one of the first nations from the developing countries in Asia to be put on the obesity map.

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