Obesity, a global epidemic

1 out of every 6 people
in the world is overweight

According to the World Health Organization,
1 billion adults or 16% of the worlds population is
overweight. Of these, a staggering 300 million or
5% of the world population are classified as obese.

India has the 3rd highest number
of obese adults in the world

According to the World Health Organization,
India has 30 million obese individuals and ranks
3rd amongst countries with the most obese
populations. It is preceded by China(2nd)
and the USA(1st).

Obesity on the rise

As per the National Family Health Survey* obesity has risen rapidly amongst both males and females. The Chart on the side shows us a stark comparison between the results of the survey done in 2005-06 vis-a-vis 2015-2016

1 in 4 urban Indians is overweight or obese

The rapid urbanization of many cities and upgrade in
lifestyles has compromised the health of individuals due to stressed work lives, junk food and lack of exercise. These factors have thus led to weight gain and the onset of associated diseases. Therefore it is not a suprise that 26.3%* of urban males and 31.3%* of urban females are overweight or obese.


What is the NFHS?

The National Family Health Survey (NFHS) is a large-scale, multi-round survey conducted in a representative sample of households throughout India. Three rounds of the survey have been conducted since the first survey in 1992-93. The survey provides state and national information for India on fertility, infant and child mortality, the practice of family planning, maternal and child health, reproductive health, nutrition, anaemia, utilization and quality of health and family planning services. Each successive round of the NFHS has had two specific goals: a) to provide essential data on health and family welfare needed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and other agencies for policy and programme purposes, and b) to provide information on important emerging health and family welfare issues.

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