Children used to feasting on burgers, chips, colas and instant noodles will now be in distress. The UP government has sent a letter to all schools — ICSE, CBSE as well as UP Board — to ban sale of junk food within their premises and outside it with immediate effect.
The letter has been issued on instructions received by the Union health and family planning ministry.
Junk food term refers to fast foods which are easy to make and quick to consume. They are zero in nutritional value and often high in fat, salt, sugar, and/or calories. Common junk foods include salted snack foods, fried fast food, and carbonated drinks.
The prevalence of diabetes mellitus (DM) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) is increasing in urban India. Overweight in adolescence is a marker of overweight in adult age, and it shows an association with the above diseases. There have been meagre data from India on the prevalence of childhood obesity. The objective of the study was to quantify the prevalence of overweight and its risk factors in adolescent children in urban India. School students in the age group of 13-18 years (n = 4700, M:F 2382:2318) were studied. Body mass index (BMI) was measured.
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