One in every four Indian kids’ liver at risk of damage, says survey

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Jaypee Hospital, Noida, has revealed in its survey that being over weight can put kids' liver at risk of damage

A drastic change in lifestyle, excessive consumption of junk food and lack of exercise are reason for are making school children susceptible to liver damage, says a survey conducted by Jaypee Hospital, Noida.

The hospital conducted a survey in 51 private schools and found that out of the 8,054 children 22 percent were overweight and prone to liver damage. In addition, the doctors at the hospital said that 20 percent of these children might have liver diseases in the future.

According to a recent data released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), around two lakh people die of liver damage each year.

Delhi-based, fitness expert, Kiran Sawhney spoke to “Children are being exposed to an unhealthy lifestyle that includes sleeping late, getting up late, no workout and most of all eating junk food. All of these have become a major cause of their obesity.”

Sadly, WHO has classified childhood obesity as one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. In India, Delhi tops the charts as with the largest number of obese children.

Sawhney suggests the following ways in which childhood obesity and subsequent liver damage can be tackled:

  • Make health and fitness your priority and exercise daily
  • Many children are also interested in dances like Tango, Zumba, aerobics or step aerobics, so encourage them to take these up, if gym bores them
  • Ask your children to take up biking as a hobby
  • They can also indulge in swimming and kickboxing
  • Finally, inculcate the habit of practicing yoga, it not only increases flexibility, but also keeps children fresh and boosts their brain activity

She concludes by suggesting that parents must be actively involved in the well-being of their children, which means encouraging them to seriously consider the repercussions of obesity and work towards it accordingly.

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Deepshikha Punj