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North Indian children less healthy: Survey

Schoolchildren in north Indian metros are less healthy than their counterparts in the rest of the country, a report said on Monday. The third edition of the EduSports School Health and Fitness Survey covered over 49,000 children in the age group of seven to 17 in over 100 schools in 54 cities across India. The assessments were done in the academic year 2011-12.

chandigarh Updated: Nov 19, 2012 23:56 IST

Schoolchildren in north Indian metros are less healthy than their counterparts in the rest of the country, a report said on Monday.

The third edition of the EduSports School Health and Fitness Survey covered over 49,000 children in the age group of seven to 17 in over 100 schools in 54 cities across India. The assessments were done in the academic year 2011-12.

"A higher incidence of obesity is observed among children from the northern states - Punjab, Delhi/NCR (National Capital Region), Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, as 24% of them have high body mass index (BMI) as against the national average of 19.9%," the survey said.

"Low fitness levels coupled with the lack of basic skills to play sports, unhealthy eating habits and dependence on television, internet and video games for entertainment put an entire generation of children at risk of growing up to become unhealthy and inactive adults," it added.

The survey added that nearly 40% of schoolchildren in India do not have the right BMI, and almost 20% show signs of obesity, possessing poor body strength and poor flexibility.

Geographically, children in the non-metros performed better across various fitness parameters compared to their counterparts in the metros. One out of four children in the metros is overweight compared to one out of six children in the non-metros.

Girls fared better than boys, as a total of 63.9% of them had a better overall BMI and flexibility as compared to 58.2% of the boys.

"It has been proved that with just a couple of hours of focused physical education programme a week, it is possible to effect a small but significant change," said Saumil Majmudar, CEO and co-founder, EduSports.