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1 in every 5 kids obese, overweight

One in every five children in India is either overweight or obese, placing them at a high risk of developing serious diseases. What compounds the risks is the amount of time children spend on outdoor activities. Seven out of every 10 children in the age group of 13-15 years exercise for less than 60 minutes every day, according to a Population Reference Bureau report.

Unhealthy diets coupled with barely any physical activity contributes to overweight and obesity in almost 20% of the children in India, making them prone to non-communicable diseases like Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, strokes and some types of cancers. “Almost 25% of children spend more than three hours watching television and using computers,” said Anand Krishnan, professor, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, here.

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