by The Welthi Bureau | 05th Nov, 2018
Star FitkidObesity Challenge, inspired by Landmark SELP Initiative, is being carried out in collaboration with Star Hospital and Rotary Club of Hyderabad, North.
Says Dr. Lakshmi Kanth T., Gastroenterologist at Star Hospitals, “As a weight loss expert, I have been managing weight loss in patients of all age groups. What inspired me was the parental anguish when their children started gaining weight, despite their best efforts. When these children are pushed to extremes, the result is depression and suicidal tendencies, which require help and support.”
According to The New England Journal of Medicine, India has the second highest number of obese children (14.4 million) in the world, with between 5.74 to 8.82 percent of school children being obese. According to The Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, in urban South India, 21.4 percent boys and 18.5 percent of girls aged 13-18 are either overweight or obese. The rate of increase in childhood obesity is greater than in adults. Children’s Health is, therefore, becoming a matter of concern globally.
According to The World Health Organization,60%-70% of obese children tend to fall prey to lifestyle diseases, when they reach their 30s and 40s (the most productive years of their lives). Meanwhile, a study published in Pediatric Obesity, predicts that India will have about 17 million obese children by 2025, as the Mean age of Diabetes in India has reduced drastically.
“Unless we tackle this issue,” says Dr. LakshmiKanth, “we will become the country with the most sick youngsters. Our focus should be on primary prevention of Type 2 Diabetes and associated ailments, as adolescent children who are obese now, are more likely to become Diabetics in the future. Males who record considerable weight gain between childhood and puberty, double the risk of having asthma as adults, both for themselves as well as their future offspring. Early puberty seems to be an important period for avoiding health problems later in life, not only for oneself but also, in the case of boys, for their future offspring.”
Obesity can be a struggle both mentally and physically, and experiencing obesity in childhood can be depressing. Whether we are talking about obesity, climate change or the future of technology, adolescents are powerful agents for social change. As the next generation of parents, workers, and decision-makers, young people should be empowered to shape where they grow up.Dr. Lakshmi Kanth says, “Leaders need to hear the voices of all children and speak out, and, more importantly, action their behalf. Children deserve to be healthy, and they deserve to be heard.”
Dr. Lakshmi Kanth goes on to say, “We as Healthcare experts, feel that there is a need for all-inclusive and result oriented fitness for children in India. Poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle among children are two of the major reasons for the declining levels of physical fitness in children, leading to childhood obesity, diabetes, and other lifestyle diseases.”
While health and fitness education provided in schools is seen as an important tool in dealing with this health issue, experts have noticed that the physical education programs being pursued by the schools in India are either obsolete or inadequate in addressing the emerging health challenges, since they mostly revolve around theoretical aspects or random sports.
“Fitness in children can power them for a healthy future,” emphasizes Dr. Lakshmi Kanth. “Schools should focus on Physical Education and School Health Checkups, as part of their physical Literacy Programs. It means that children should understand the importance of exercise, fitness, and sports. So, there’s a need for our society to move beyond the scope of sports to general fitness for every child. We are Home to the world’s largest youth population, and we, therefore, need to introduce a mass Child Fitness Programme that is scientific, workable, accurate and verifiable, aided by data and technology.”
Dr. Lakshmi Kath T., together with Star Hospital and Rotary Club, under the Fitkid Obesity Challenge, will do the following:
Conduct BMI Camps to identify children suffering from Obesity issues.
Target schools and organizations to generate awareness.
Create cognizance among Principals and Teachers in school to bracket the Target Group of children and help them overcome this issue.
Create awareness among parents to help children in the early stages of Obesity.
Create tools as a continues process to help overcome this Epidemic.
As part of the weight loss initiative, Dr. Lakshmi Kanth T., with Star Hospital and Rotary Club of Hyderabad, is looking forward to conducting a series of programs in schools,as part of Star Fitkid Obesity Challenge, to empower them to help the adolescent child to become fit and healthy to take on the modern world. One such program is being conducted on Monday, 5th November 2018, at Sister Nivedita School, DK Road, Ameerpet, Hyderabad.
For More Details Contact: Dr. T.Laxmikanth 9849023623
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