Parents, beware: Over 35% of teenagers in Delhi are obese, finds survey
The survey, titled Juvenile Obesity, attributed the rise in teen obesity to bad lifestyle choices such as eating junk food, poor physical activity levels, inadequate sleep, as well as increased screen time.fitness Updated: Nov 03, 2017 09:49 IST
Owing to a sedentary lifestyle, over 35% of teenagers in Delhi are obese or overweight, a condition which majorly impacts their emotional wellness, confidence and self-esteem, and paves way for depression and other illness, finds a survey.
The survey, titled Juvenile Obesity showed that 38.5% of children aged 5 to 9 years were obese, while in the 10 to 14 years age group, 40.1% were overweight. The survey involved over 1,000 children from Delhi.
As a result of obesity, 29.7% children experienced a dip in “happiness level”, 28.3% became “less social” and 20.2% become “more irritable”. Obesity not only hampered their physical life, but also productivity, self-esteem as well as emotional wellness of children and adolescents, the survey noted.
The rise in obesity among teenagers can be attributed to various lifestyle choices such as unhealthy eating habits, poor physical activity levels, inadequate sleep as well as increased screen time, peer pressure, among others.
“They (the children) do not burn any calories after eating late at night as they sleep after that and at the same time during the day, they are lethargic thus burning very less calories in the day,” Pradeep Chowbey, chairman of the Department of Minimal Access, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Max Healthcare, said in a statement.
“Moreover, the increasing screen time in children these days causes a lot of emotional and hormonal changes. Stress hormones and steroids production is increased in the body which in turn increases the appetite thus contributing to weight gain,” he added.
Over 26% obese children reported experiencing bullying, while 25% had been body shamed. The stress caused by these pressures, impacted a teenagers’ confidence level and social life, which in turn resulted in binge eating.
The survey showed that 84.7% of teenagers consume junk, aerated drinks or chocolates two to three times a week.