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One in three Indians is overweight

2 Nov

Fat Indians - Aishwarya RaiA recent survey reveals that India is losing the battle against the obesity with one in three citizens exceeding their normal weight. Most of these overweight people come from Tier-II cities like Kochi, Ludhiana and Nagpur rather than the metros as believed earlier. Here is the percentage of obese people in 11 cities of India being surveyed:

Delhi: 32%, Ludhiana: 41%, Kolkata: 41%, Jaipur: 30%, Mumbai: 27%, Ahmedabad: 42%, Nagpur33%, Chennai: 38%, Hyderabad: 30%, Bangalore: 43%, Kochi: 46 %

Also 23% of the people classified as healthy individuals were on the verge of turning overweight. That is their body mass index (BMI) would soon tip over the healthy count of 22.9.

53% of fat Indins had atlest one of these coexisting conditions:
- Hypertension
- Cardiovascular/heart disease
- Sleep apnea
- Acidity/heartburn

Here are some starling facts which proves that Indians are not concerned about the increase in bulge:

- 63% in North India and 38% in West India didn’t think they needed to lose weight
- Only 25% of the respondents had even tried dieting
- 88% believe that obesity is caused due to overeating and don’t think exercise plays.
- 80% obese are likely to suffer from hypertension, diabetes, heart ailments or acidity
Endocrinologist Dr Shashank Joshi, the president of the Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India, said India’s transition economy was the main reason for obesity. “There is better awareness and, hence, better diagnosis of both obesity and diabetes.” Yet, he believed India was still too malnourished a country to have many morbidly obese people.

Experts believes that the obesity burden in the next five years would increase in such a manner that 5 out of 10 urban Indians and 2 out of 10 rural Indians would be overweight or obese.