India says number of obese teens nearly doubles in 5 years
NEW DELHI (AP) — As India gets wealthier, its children are getting fatter, with the number of obese teenagers nearly doubling in the last five years, according to the country's health minister.
Citing new national statistics, Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said 29 percent of Indians aged 13 to 18 were counted as obese last year, compared with 16 percent in 2010. Experts on Wednesday blamed a growing fondness for fast food along with an increase in sedentary activities.
"Earlier, children's diets in most Indian households included a lot of vegetables and lentils," said epidemiologist... read more