Indore: Eating in front of TV leads to obesity says Research

Indore: Mayank Thakur, age 13 years weighs 105 kg owing to epigenetically obesity. He not only faces social problems but he snores while sleeping. Due to these problems, he is going through depression. Similar is the case with 15-year-old Fatima, who is suffering from fatty lever, weighs 99 kg.

A person with fatty liver may have to undergo liver transplant due to liver cirrhosis in next 20 years. The increasing obesity invites untimely diseases in children, which is a matter of great concern. Seeing the rise in child obesity endocrinologist Dr Sandeep Julka, through Radiance the Hormone Health Clinic, has found out main reasons for child obesity by conducting research on 150 children in one year.

Dr Julka states that an average child watches television for 2.5 hours daily, which is the main reason for obesity. “82 percent of children watch TV while eating food, due to this they do not come to know their intake quantity and generally eat more than required. 72 percent children do not participate in any sport or do not do any physical activity. 80-82 percent of children have junk food more than thrice a week. These factors have a direct impact on their health,” he said sharing outcome of his research.

“Having more weight at a younger age increases the chances of diabetes, heart attack and kidney related problems. As soon as person is diagnosed with his age reduces by six years.”


Dr Julka and paediatric surgeon Dr Rajneesh Kutumbale have created a roadmap along with Antarman Swayamsevi Sanstha to save children facing these problems.Under this, they will visit various schools of the city wherein BMI test of the children will be conducted.The children will be provided with information on proper diet and exercises to avoid obesity. A special road map will be prepared for the overweight children. In this road map, counselling of the child will be done.The parents and teachers will also be informed about proper diet and exercise so that it can help the child in weight reduction.


This roadmap was inaugurated in a programme which was organised on Sunday.• Dr BR Parikh and Dr Premlata Parikh unveiled a healthy plate which prescribes the amount of required healthy food.Dr Parikh shared his experience on continuous participation in marathon even after retirement. A large number of children and their parents were present on this occasion.The aim of this programme was to spread awareness about this severe issue. Parents also asked various questions to the doctors who also suggested ways to give healthy diet to the kids.The children were also given healthy food who actively participated in the activities as well.

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