Prevalence of childhood obesity in India and other developing countries is increasing

As with adults, changing dietary practices and lifestyles are leading to increased childhood obesity globally, including in developing countries. In India, this trend recently has been documented at 22% for children aged 5 years to 19 years.

Trends such as this one can indicate an increasing overall prevalence rate; from 2006-2009, for example, India’s childhood obesity rate was only 9.8% to 11.7%.

Childhood obesity is associated with obesity-related noncommunicable diseases: insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, early-onset metabolic syndrome, subclinical inflammation, dyslipidemia, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), site-specific neoplasms, and coronary artery disease (CAD).

Childhood obesity also leads to adult obesity, and because people of Indian ethnicity have a greater...

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