STUDY: 1 IN 3 KIDS OF TOP PRIVATE SCHOOLS OBESE.
AN INCREASING number of students at top private schools in Delhi- NCR are falling on the wrong side of the weighing scale. According to an extensive study conducted by AIIMS and Department of Biotechnology, which surveyed 7,000 students over two- and- a- half years, every third child in the city's coveted private school suffers from obesity.
The research project team picked students from Class V to XII and a " wide spectrum" of institutes for the study. Interestingly, schoolchildren from government- run schools fared better on the health chart.
" The reason is simple. The kids ( in private schools) are eating four times more than their daily required diet," Randeep Guleria, director of AllMS, told Mail Today. " Obesity puts these children at the
Continued from page 1 risk of developing diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea ( OSA) and other lifestyle diseases at an early age. In the study, about 90 children were already diagnosed with OSA symptoms such as snoring, breathlessness while 40 with pre- diabetic signs." The schools in " critical weight zone" include top- notch institutions such as Delhi Public School, Blue Bells, Salwan School, Green Fields, Springdales, Father Agnels, Mount Carmel, Bal Bharti, Bhatnagar International, Tinu Public School, St. Mary's and Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute Schools.
The AIIMS director pointed out that the weight issues were found to be directly proportional to the economic strata where " well- to- do families" faced a higher risk. He described the situation as a " ticking weight bomb". Surprisingly, several parents of the affected children declined the AIIMS invitation to attend counselling sessions. " A total of 605 parents have been counselled," Guleria said. " But many others are living in denial." The study noted that 145 parents were not interested in counselling, 76 parents were interested but did not come for sleep study, 26 parents were interested but their family doctor did not support them, 95 were not willing to do overnight sleep study while others had logistic or distance issues with the sessions.
According to Dr Anoop Misra, director and head of department of diabetes and metabolic diseases, Fortis Hospitals, obesity in 70% to 80% of these schoolchildren is likely to continue till adulthood.
" There are chances that these children may get diabetes in their late 20s or 30s. They can suffer from unnatural facial hair growth, increased blood pressure , high cholesterol levels and issues of fatty liver,"' Misra said.
Commenting on the findings, Dr Sanjeev Bagai, a noted pediatrician and director of Manipal Hospital, said: " In India, about 36 % of paediatric population ( 0- 18 years) suffers from lifestyle disorders. Of which, 25% to 35 % are overweight and 15% to 18% suffer from childhood obesity with other co- morbid conditions such as hypertension, asthma, kidney and liver disease or vitamin D deficiency." 7,000 students were studies for over 2 yrs
deficiency." Bagai said such incidences have doubled in the last few years and more studies like that of AIIMS- DoB were needed to be taken up for clear statistics.
Dr Guleria said the solution to the problem lies in lifestyle modification. " The imbalanced diet and sedentary lifestyle of urban children is the root cause. While the tendency to eat junk food was seen among both government school and private school students, the intake of the obese was almost three to four times the recommended quantity and poor physical activity. We found that 90 percent of private schoolchildren commute by car or other motorised vehicle." Dr Guleria, who also heads the department of respiratory and sleep disorder at AIIMS, said: " Parents are advised to indulge their kids into more and more physical activities, improve dietary habits and take their child for routine blood tests."
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|Date:||May 16, 2017|
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