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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 552-553  

Obesity in school children

Department of Pediatrics, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication12-Jul-2016

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Manas Pratim Roy
Department of Pediatrics, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi - 110 029
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-2870.186051

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I read with interest the article on school children by Kulkarni et al.[1] Riding on epidemiologic transition, we are definitely witnessing a rise of obesity in developing country like India. However, there are certain scopes for improvement in the study.

The study was limited to government schools. The authors could have mentioned the total number of such schools in the study area and reason for not including private ones. First of all, in the absence of any sampling method, the results could really be misleading. In fact, they may not be representative of the entire study area. As mentioned, a line listing was available with the researchers. Utilization of that list would help the authors to generalize their findings. Second, it has earlier been documented that the proportion of obesity differs between government and private schools. As depicted by previous studies, the prevalence of obesity is much lower in such schools as compared to private ones.[2],[3] Although obesity was largely being limited to upper socioeconomic strata, easy accessibility to junk foods could have been a reason for documentation of obesity even among lower economic groups.[2],[4],[5] Therefore, the inclusion of socioeconomic status, accessibility to fast foods, and extension of the study to cover private schools could have enriched the study.

Finally, a few words about the status of Rashtriya Bal Suraksha Karyakram in the study area might indicate the existing programmatic gaps and helps in future bridging.

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Kulkarni MM, Varun N, Rathi P, Eshwari K, Ashok K, Kamath VG. Health status of school children in rural area of coastal Karnataka. Med J DY Patil Univ 2016;9:31-5.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Jagadesan S, Harish R, Miranda P, Unnikrishnan R, Anjana RM, Mohan V. Prevalence of overweight and obesity among school children and adolescents in Chennai. Indian Pediatr 2014;51:544-9.  Back to cited text no. 2
Patnaik L, Pattanaik S, Sahu T, Rao EV. Overweight and obesity among adolescents, a comparative study between government and private schools. Indian Pediatr 2015;52:779-81.  Back to cited text no. 3
Cherian AT, Cherian SS, Subbiah S. Prevalence of obesity and overweight in urban school children in Kerala, India. Indian Pediatr 2012;49:475-7.  Back to cited text no. 4
Mahshid D, Noori AD, Anwar TM. Childhood obesity, prevalence and prevention. Nutr J 2005;4:24.  Back to cited text no. 5


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