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Rich food, sedentary lifestyle leading to rise in diabetes

Posted on Nov 12, 06:20PM | UNI

Lack of physical activity coupled with overeating and rising intake of high-calorie food are leading to massive growth of diabetes amid children in urban India, according to a just-concluded survey undertaken by an ASSOCHAM in wake of World Diabetes Day on November 14.

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) under the aegis of its ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation (ASDF) conducted a survey in September and October of 500 kids in the age group of 10-15 years, that is about 50 each in 10 urban centres of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune to ascertain the prevalence of diabetes in urban Indian kids.

Over 40 per cent of children at urban centres do not exercise at all, almost half of the kids tend to indulge in binge eating and many of them are overweight or obese, majority of kids suffer from emotional distress and stay glued to their gadgets/electronics items like television, computer, laptops, tablets, ipods, video games and other portable digital media players leading to lack of physical movement, ability to concentrate and time spent with family.

The aforesaid findings were rampant in both the sexes almost equally, this is another significant highlight of the ASSOCHAM survey.

The survey results authenticate the prevalence of diabetes in urban India as major portion of our population remains at a high risk mainly due to genetic and hereditary factors, urbanization and sedentary lifestyles, said D S Rawat, secretary general of ASSOCHAM while releasing the findings of the ASDF survey.