Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Obesity problem in the country, 10/12/2019
Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Obesity problem in the country, 10/12/2019. As informed by the Indian Council for Medical Research(ICMR), as per the recent WHO report on “World Obesity 2016”, India was ranked number three with 47 million children (aged 5-19 years) with overweight or obesity, after China with 84 million and USA with 75 million such children. However, this high ranking is due to the population size of India, which is second only to China. As per the ‘Atlas of Childhood Obesity 2019’, less than 5% of children aged 5-19 years in India have obesity and is ranked among the 20 countries with lowest risk of acquiring a significant childhood obesity problem in the coming decade. To address the challenge of Non-Communicable Diseases and Obesity, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has taken a number of initiatives, which are at Annexure-I.