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Dr K K Aggarwal

Tackling obesity in children

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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More than 30 people of the society including children have potbelly abdominal obesity. India is witnessing an epidemic of metabolic syndrome which is characterized by abdominal obesity high triglyceride low good cholesterol high blood pressure and high sugar. Abdominal girth of more than 90 cm in men and 80 cm in women indicates that the person is vulnerable to future heart attack. Normal weight obesity is the new epidemic of the society. A person could be obese even if his her body weight was within the normal range. An extra inch of fat around the abdomen increases the chances of heart disease by 1.5 times. Normally once the height stops growing most organs will also stop growing. The weight of the heart liver of kidney cannot increase after that. Only muscles can build up to some extent. The only thing after that stage which can increase the weight of the body is deposition of fat. Therefore any weight gain after puberty is invariably due to fat. Though the overall weight can be in the acceptable normal range but any weight gain within that range will be abnormal for that person. One should not gain weight of more than 5 kg after the age of 20 years in males and 18 years in females. After the age of 50 the weight should reduce and not increase. Potbelly obesity is linked to eating refined carbohydrates and not animal fats. General obesity is linked to eating animal fats. Refined carbohydrate includes white rice white maida and white sugar. Brown sugar is better than white sugar. Refined carbohydrates are called bad carbohydrates and animal fat is called bad fat. Trans fat or vanaspati is bad for health. Trans fats increase the levels of bad cholesterol and reduce good cholesterol in the body. Reduction in weight can reduce snoring pain of arthritis blood pressure and control uncontrolled diabetes.



“More than 30% people of the society including children have potbelly abdominal obesity”
Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India  moderated a session on Obesity at India Habitat Centre.The session was organized by Heart Care Foundation of India in  association with All India Radio and India Habitat Centre. The session was organized to mark the occasion of Doctor’s Day falling on 1st July. The panelists included Dr Shikha Sharma Wellness Expert, Dr S V Tripathy Ayurveda Expert, Dr Mridula Pandey Homeopath, Dr Praveen Bhatia,Obesity Surgeon and Dr Ishwar Basavvadadde Senior Yoga
Physician.

This was an interaction organized for the first time that involved people from all pathies under one roof. Following points were raised in the seminar:
1.      Potbelly obesity is linked to eating refined carbohydrates and not animal fats.
2.      General obesity is linked to eating animal fats.
3.      Refined carbohydrate includes white rice, white maida and white sugar.
4.      Brown sugar is better than white sugar.
5.      Refined carbohydrates are called bad carbohydrates and animal fat is called bad fat.
6.    Trans fats or vanaspati are bad for health. They increase bad cholesterol and reduce good cholesterol.
7.      Reduction in weight can reduce snoring, pain of arthritis, blood
pressure and control uncontrolled diabetes.
8.      One should not gain weight of more than 5 kg after the age of 20 years.
9.      After the age of 50, the weight should reduce and not increase.
10.     Surgery is the answer when all other means fail.