Over 40% Amdavadis are overweight, reveals survey
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Ahmedabad has a higher average of obese residents compared to the national average, according to a sample survey by A C Nielsen which also shows that 42 per cent of city residents weight more than what is ideal for them.
"The epidemic of obesity and the co-morbidities it carries is attaining colossal proportions and is likely to have a very devastating effect on our society, particularly the productive age group," said Dr Mahendra Narwaria, a city-based doctor who is also a founding member of the Obesity Surgery Society of India, said at a press briefing Friday.
The Nielsen survey covered 11 cities and found that Ahmedabad is the third city after Cochin and Bangalore in terms of percentage of overweight residents.
The percentage of those who are obese, the worst form of being overweight with Body Mass Index of between 27.5 to 37.5, was also found to be 14 per cent of all Ahmedabad's residents, much higher than the gross average of all the surveyed cities, which stands at 9.5 per cent.
The food habits of those from the city who were surveyed shows that eating-out is a common trait - 6 per cent said they ate out 2-3 times a week, 21 per cent ate out once in seven days, 27 per cent did so once every fortnight and 25 per cent ate out at least once month.
Among those surveyed, who knew they were obese, about one-fourth each said they ate oily food on a regular basis and that the meals were taken irregularly. Another one-fourth admitted they lead sedentary lifestyles.
About one-fifth said they have at least one obesity-related disease, but surprisingly, about one in every 10 said they have never seen a doctor in relation to their weight. About the same number of people said they have never taken any steps to control their weight and that they do not intend to, while only one in 20 said they were currently in the midst of a weight-loss regimen.