Correlation Between Junk Food and Obesity

Correlation Between Junk Food and Obesity

Obesity has become a major health concern in India, with more than one-third of the population being obese or overweight. India's fast food industry is growing at an annual rate of 40%. India is ranked 10th in fast food spending per capita, with 2.1% of total annual spending. This number is clearly showing where we are heading. It is important to understand the implications of consuming junk food in order to reduce the rate of obesity. As per WHO, in 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese and 39 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2020.

Alarming Statistic of Junk Food Consumption-

  • 93% of children consume packaged food more than once weekly.
  • 56% of kids eat ice cream and chocolates more than once a week.
  • 59 % of children aged 14 to 17 prefer beverages or packaged foods at least once daily
  • 91% of children carry a lunchbox from home, but 40% eat packed food at school almost every day.

Correlation Between Obesity and Junk Food

Junk foods are mostly high in-
  • Calories
  • Fat
  • Saturated and trans fat
  • Sugar
  • Carbohydrates
  • Salt

Why Obesity is a Concern?

Obesity is related to several long-term health problems, premature deaths and diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, liver steatosis or fatty liver, Arthritis, joint disorders, and some cancers.

Small steps to solving the problem-

  1. Don't skip meals as people have tend to eat more during hunger
  2. Drink water to cut down on the consumption of sugary beverages
  3. Consume snacks that are nutritious and lower in calories
  4. Understand the hunger pangs
  5. Don't deprive of sleep

Eating a balanced diet is essential for leading a healthy life. It helps to maintain our physical and mental health, as well as providing us with the energy we need to get through our day. Eating a healthy diet also helps us to stay in shape, reduce the risk of developing certain illnesses, and lead an overall healthier life. Therefore, it’s important to understand why diet is so important in our daily lives. Besides the treatment we, Hope Obesity Centre is always ready to guide for healthy living.

Dr Devanshi Choksi, after 20 years of commendable experience & in-depth exposure to the entire spectrum of Nutrition Care, Health Care, Diet Management, Formulation of Diet Charts, counselling regarding diet & health care, Planning, ryles tube feed plans & calculate guides our patients.

To know more contact the Hope Team at +91 7227858598. Hope team is always ready to guide and rebuild your life.

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