Thirty pc children of private schools in Delhi obese: study

Thirty pc children of private schools in Delhi obese: study

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New Delhi, Aug 12: Nearly 30 per cent children of private schools in Delhi are obese, a new study has revealed.

According to a school health study carried out by the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi, the prevalence of obesity in urban school going children in central Delhi is close to 30 per cent.

According to a study by Dr Litika Bhalla and her team, ''A large proportion of the children surveyed are likely to suffer diabetes, hypertension, sleep and behavioural disorders.''

In fact, most of these children were found to be pre-diabetic and hypertensive.

''Ten per cent of the newly diagnosed diabetics 'Mellitus' were in the age group of 10-18 years,'' the study said.

Attributing the obesity in the children to their unhealthy eating habits, the study said, ''Many schools were not aware of the unhealthy eating habits of their children. School canteens were serving high calorie drinks and deep fried snacks cooked in unhealthy oils rich in trans fats and oil reheated multiple times. ''

The study said the schools were quick to rectify it once it was pointed out to them . In fact, at a symposium organised recently by the Sir Ganga Ram hospital, experts said that adolescent obesity is the killer link to adult obesity.

At the symposium, attended by BJP chief whip in the Lok Sabha Anurag Thakur, cricketer Gautam Gambhir, Principal, Springdales School A M Wattal and Principal, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya Anuradha Joshi, a retrospective analysis of 1,078 patients who underwent weight loss surgery at Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital from 2010 – 2018 was presented.

Giving details of the analysis, Dr Sudhir Kalhan, Chairman, IMAS said, ''We found that 23 per cent of the patients were obese in their childhood or adolescence, and they went ahead to become morbidly obese and required surgery for their medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, infertility etc.''

'Obese children are considered cute, but it can lead to health hazards later in life,'' he said.

According to Dr Vivek Bindal, Vice-chairman, IMAS, ''In this analysis, we found that most of these patients were obese due sedentary life style, and unhealthy food habits. Many of them were siblings and obesity was related to genes.''

Dr Vivek Bindal said the institute carried out weight loss operation on 123 patients, who were between 15-21 years of age over last eight years.

“We operated on 123 patients who were between 15-21 years of age over last 8 years. They lost 81% of their excess body weight at one year follow up.

''We found that almost 73 pc of diabetic obese patients had their diabetic condition reversed after undergoing bariatric surgery,'' he said. (UNI)