The growing problem of excess weight in India…

Prof Pushkar Maitra and Nidhiya Menon write on the issue.

The Indian population is increasingly becoming overweight or obese, and this phenomenon is likely to impose a considerable health burden in the future. Analysing data from the Indian Human Development Survey, this column finds that obesity is more evident among affluent, well-educated, urban groups, especially adult women. Increasing incomes and sedentary lifestyles are key contributing factors.

The unintended consequences of rising incomes…

India’s extremes now move to health care as well. Earlier problem was mainly of malnutrition and underweight. Now both of these remain and we see the other extreme of over-nutrition and overweight catching up….

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