Pune’s Obesity Facts by the Numbers

By Dr. Sheetal, July 6, 2018

Current Obesity Facts, Trends and Need for Quality Treatments:

Obesity is one of the most pervasive, chronic diseases in dire need of effective strategies for medical treatment and prevention. As a leading cause of Indian mortality, morbidity, disability, healthcare utilization and healthcare costs, the high prevalence of obesity continues to strain the Indian healthcare system.

Obesity Facts

In the simplest clinical terms, obesity is defined as having an abnormal or excessive amount of body fat. Some stipulate that obesity occurs when the amount of body fat impairs the individual’s health or threatens to shorten his or her life expectancy. Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on your weight in relation to your height, and applies to most adult men and women aged 20 and over. For children aged 2 and over, BMI percentile is the best assessment of body fat.

According to the WHO (World Health Organization) report overweight and obesity are the fifth leading risk for global deaths. At least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. In addition, 44% of the diabetes burden, 23% of the ischemic heart disease burden and between 7% and 41% of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity.

Indian data regarding current trends in childhood obesity are emerging. Knowledge of current trends in childhood obesity are absolutely essential in implementing appropriate measures to control disease condition and to prevent the secondary complications which are very common.

Obesity Facts in Pune:

The most recent trend in obesity in Pune is amongst the children, The number of overweight or obese children has increased by about 50% in the decade itself. In India, it is estimated that over 5 % of children and adolescents are overweight or obese, and the prevalence is higher in urban areas and in families belonging to higher socio-economic strata. A recent study done in differently schools in Pune shows that prevalence of obesity and overweight among children of government school was 8.23% and 12.3% of private schools. In fact, the last 2 decades in Pune have witnessed dramatic increase in health care cost due to obesity and related issues among children and adolescents.

A less active childhood is one of the most important factors contributing to childhood obesity. It has been reported that childhood obesity tracks into adulthood and is associated with an increased risk of mortality & morbidity, independent of weight loss later in life.

Obesity is not something to be taken lightly, as there are so many health risks, such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease and strokes
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Pregnancy problems, such as high blood sugar during pregnancy, high blood pressure, and increased risk for cesarean delivery (C-section)

Know your health numbers:




Target BMI

18 – 25

Waist size

Men: less than 40 inches

Women: less than 35 inches

Blood Pressure

120/80 mm hg or less


Less than 100 mg/dl


Less than 150 mg/dl

It is absolutely essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle for yourself and your children. As Pune’s fat loss partners for 8 years, Define Aesthetics understands the importance of fat free life. Through our advanced treatments like Ion magnum, we ensure that people get the best results. All our treatments are non-surgical which means you don’t feel a thing, well only confidence.

International journal of research in medical sciences

NIDDK – National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Times of India

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  1. vijay says:

    informative article

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