Childhood obesity may become an epidemic in India

  • Geeta Pandey
  • bbc news

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After the surgery and several weeks of treatment, Mihir Jain’s weight reduced from 237 kg to 165 kg.

India was at the top of the world for a long time in terms of children who are short for their age. Now obesity among children in India has risen to alarming levels and experts fear that if not addressed immediately, it may also take the form of an epidemic.

When 14-year-old Mihir Jain arrived at Delhi’s Max Hospital in 2017 in a wheelchair to seek advice from bariatric surgeon Dr. Pradeep Choubey, the doctor could not believe his eyes.

Dr Choubey recalls, “Mihir was very fat, could not stand well and could barely open his eyes. He weighed 237 kg and had a body mass index (BMI) of 92.”

According to the World Health Organization, a person is considered obese if a BMI is greater than 25.

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