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3rd September, 2017
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"Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Lifestyle Diseases"

Dr KK Aggarwal, National President IMA
Childhood obesity is increasing worldwide at an alarming pace. India has not been spared either. The prevalence of overweight and obesity in children is steadily increasing. A multifactorial disorder, unhealthy diet - eating foods high in fats, sugar and salt (junk food, processed food) and a sedentary lifestyle contribute significantly to this escalating epidemic. Today, TV, internet, computer and mobile games have taken precedence over outdoor sports. 

Childhood obesity is well-recognized as a precursor to obesity in adulthood. Most obese children grow up to be obese adults. Overweight and obesity in childhood also predispose children to other lifestyle disorders such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, metabolic syndrome later on in life. Hence, there is an urgent need to prevent and control obesity in children. 
 
Prevention of lifestyle diseases starts in childhood itself. Schools shape the lives of their students and so have a very important role to play in this battle against childhood obesity in creating health awareness among children. Healthy habits in childhood lay a foundation for a healthier adulthood.
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New Delhi, 2 September 2017: As per reports, India witnesses about two million heart attacks every year with majority of the victims being youngsters. One person dies every 33 seconds in India due to a heart attack and Indians are becoming victims 10 years ahead of the people in the West. IMA indicates that men who live in urban areas are thrice at a risk for this condition as those living in villages. In women, the risk increases significantly after menopause. 
 
Some factors that lead to a heart attack include diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, genetic history, and lifestyle issues such as intake of processed food and lack of physical activity. Although India has the highest rate of heart attacks in the world, it is possible to prevent many of these incidences with timely prevention and management.
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