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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-21

Childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in India

All Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Nikhil Tandon
Professor and Head, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/2224-3151.206547

PMID: 28604392

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India is witnessing an increase in the burden of childhood obesity, especially among the upper socioeconomic strata and in urban areas. Emerging literature suggests a link between childhood obesity and the diabetes epidemic in India. Asian-Indian children and adolescents are increasingly susceptible to a high percentage of body fat and abdominal adiposity. Further, they are exposed to an obesogenic environment, created by rapid urbanization and nutrition transition in India. Obese children have a higher risk of developing abnormalities that are recognized as precursors to diabetes, such as subclinical inflammation, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, which often track to adulthood. A review of the literature suggests the need for more longitudinal studies to improve understanding of the long-term consequences of childhood obesity in India. A life-course approach with a combination of population- and risk-based strategies is warranted, to prevent childhood obesity and curtail its consequences in adulthood.

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