November 26, 2010
From heart disease to high blood pressure, urological complications to those related to pregnancy, obesity attracts a whole lot of ailments, doctors said Friday as India observed the Anti-Obesity Day.
As of 2008, more than 20 million people in India suffered from obesity.
Said Hrishikesh Pai, a gynaecologist: `Studies point to the fact that women who suffer from obesity run the risk of infertility and also have a higher risk of pregnancy-related complications.`
`I suggest that women who suffer from obesity should look into it before considering pregnancy to avoid higher risk of miscarriage and other pregnancy complications,` she added.
According to experts, obesity is an alarming problem in India. It is often attributed to genes, environmental factors such as how often a person eats, personal level of activity and choice of one`s lifestyle.
World over, more than 300 million people suffer from obesity.