The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 79, Issue 7, pp 945–948

Childhood Obesity in India: A Meta-Analysis

  • Tanu Midha
  • Bhola Nath
  • Ranjeeta Kumari
  • Yashwant Kumar Rao
  • Umeshwar Pandey
Clinical Brief

DOI: 10.1007/s12098-011-0587-6

Cite this article as:
Midha, T., Nath, B., Kumari, R. et al. Indian J Pediatr (2012) 79: 945. doi:10.1007/s12098-011-0587-6

Abstract

Developing countries are now facing the double burden of childhood underweight and obesity. Childhood obesity is a recent epidemic with a high magnitude in India. Therefore, the authors decided to assess the prevalence of overweight and obesity among Indian children. Studies were identified through computer-based and manual searches. Estimates of prevalence were studied using random effects meta-analysis. Nine studies including 92,862 subjects were identified and analysed. The prevalence of overweight was estimated to be 12.64% (95% CI 8.48–16.80%) and that of obesity to be 3.39% (95% CI 2.58–4.21%). Current evidence suggests that policies and interventions for children should prioritize reduction of obesity and overweight.

Keywords

Obesity Children India Prevalence 

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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tanu Midha
    • 1
  • Bhola Nath
    • 2
  • Ranjeeta Kumari
    • 2
  • Yashwant Kumar Rao
    • 3
  • Umeshwar Pandey
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Community MedicineG. S. V. M. Medical CollegeKanpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of Community MedicineSubharti Medical CollegeMeerutIndia
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsG.S.V.M. Medical CollegeKanpurIndia
  4. 4.Department of CardiologyLPS Institute of Cardiology and Cardiac SurgeryKanpurIndia

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