Childhood obesity is a serious health crisis not only at national levels but on an international scale too. It is worldwide accepted the fact that obesity is not because it runs in the family, but it is because no one runs in the family.
As per the recent reports, the expected prevalence rate of obesity among school children in India is somewhere between 5.74% – 8.82%. Furthermore, if statistics are to be believed, then there would be around 17 million obese children in India by 2025. Isn’t it an alarming figure for all? Is it the time for us to take action and try to get the situation under control? Yes, it is.
In the words of Bob Filner, “It is said that childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement, increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating.” Why not be educated enough to handle the situation well in advance by studying about and understanding the childhood obesity causes and consequences?
The reason is not one but many. Moreover, there are different aspects to it. It happens chiefly due to the imbalance between the amount of calorie intake and the calories utilized. Obesity happens to be multi factorial among children; the broad categories can be:
As parents, it is our duty to guarantee that the children stay away from the factors that can be controlled at our end else the consequences of childhood obesity are as follows:
Furthermore, the social discrimination such children face can lead to many more severe uncontrollable consequences too.
It is high time that we pull up our socks and save an entire generation from getting lost in this ordeal taking away our children from us – if not physically then mentally, emotionally and socially as well.