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Sedentary lifestyles harming the young

The Health Ministry warned that around 90 percent of schoolchildren are vulnerable to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) due to the lack of physical exercises and unhealthy food patterns.

Only11 percent of schoolchildren had regular physical exercises, a Health Ministry spokesman said. He said 89 percent of students do not receive any physical exercise regularly and the threat to schoolchildren from NCDs was very high.

The spokesman said schoolchildren should have at least one hour of physical exertion daily.

“Two or three years ago, there was a separate period for physical exercises in schools. This has now been done away giving priority to cover the syllabus,” he said.

The spokesman said earlier, the school curricular included a period of physical training.

“A majority of schools do not have a separate period for physical training anymore. Students have to attend tuition classes after school and on weekends as well. Hence, they have no time for exercises and risk diabetes, heart attacks and strokes etc, the NCDs which mostly affect elders,” he said.

Not having regular physical exercises, increasing the consumption of food made out of sugar, flour, salt and oil are a sure recipe for NCD, the spokesman said.

The current situation will lead to a crisis in the future as 10 to 15 percent of schoolchildren are vulnerable to diabetes while 37 percent of schoolgirls and 17 percent of boys are obese, he said. The spokesman said in such a situation, the children who will be born in the future would be vulnerable to NCDs before they come to the world.

 

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