Tacking Overweight and Obesity through nutrition education in South Indian children.

Obesity problem has become a more serious problem among the children. The WHO (World Health Organization) predicted childhood obesity as the one of the most top global dangerous problem, in turn, increasing risk of developing several health issues. It is a global problem and is gradually affecting every developing and developed region of countries. As per 2013, WHO estimated that 42 Million overweight children under the age of 5. Obese children are facing more health issues as adults such as

Objective:

  • To assess their anthropometric status of schoolchildren
  • To determine the prevalence of obesity among school children.
  • To assess their general food pattern
  • To examine the current status of food intake through 24-hr recall method
  • To educate the school going children on food, and nutrition and its impact on health.

Methodology

The program was conducted among School children across Chennai. The target population was school children aged between 12-16 years’ children. Both public and private schools were targeted for the assessment. Both individual and group sessions were conducted and nutritionists recruited could able to deliver the program through power point, education materials such as charts and pamphlets on healthy eating and school’s boards were utilized for the group session. Quiz programs and games were arranged for a group session to ensure that program was interactive and colorful. In order to make this program effective, free lunch box ideas were introduced to the parents. The program went for six months.

Outcome of the program

The program was measured in terms of a number of children met and educated. The outcome was successful as we could able to meet children as targeted and delivered the program as per the schedule. Teachers and principals were appreciated as we changed the complete school camp with more nutritious and healthy.

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