Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Obesity on the rise in Mumbai: Survey

MUMBAI: A study has shown how Mumbaikars are under the dual threat of obesity and hypertension.

A survey by the Indus Health Plus on 35,662 people, who came for preventive health checks, found that 15% were under the threat of obesity and related complications. About 35-40% between the age group of 25-45 years were leading a sedentary lifestyle, had easy access to high-calorie processed food and overdependence on gadgets, all of which put them at a high risk of becoming obese. About 20% had both hypertension and obesity.

"There is sharp decline in physical activities among population residing in Mumbai, which doubles the risk for obesity. Trends have shown people are prone to increased waist circumference which makes them prone to co-morbid diseases like hypertension, diabetes, stroke, etc. In youngsters suffering with obesity, the chances of developing heart diseases and diabetes increase by 3-4%," said Amol Naikawadi, preventive healthcare specialist at the Indus Health Plus.

Only 3-4% of the surveyed population ate a healthy diet that included salads and green vegetables. Around 30% of those who were obese between the age groups of 35-45 years had complaints of joint pain, feeling of laziness and tiredness.
A senior doctor said that obesity is a consequence of complex interaction of genetics, diet metabolism and physical inactivity. It can give rise to several health problems, including hypertension, diabetes, heart diseases, and osteoarthritis. "Desk jobs combined with lack of exercise has increased the incidence of obesity in the city," the doctor said. According to the WHO, a third of the world's population is overweight and one-fifth are obese.

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