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Obesity, vision problems, tooth decay are the most prevalent health issues among Indian school children:Jarma Wellness report

India sits on a ticking health time-bomb, with one of the largest incidences of population suffering from diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and mental health issues. Right attitudes and behaviour towards health can bring about a visible and lasting change, underscores the latest report'Enhancing the Effectiveness and Impact of Schools: Insights from School Health Screening Program’released by Jarma Wellness today.

 

The report reveals a substantial percentage of children in the age group 2 to 17 years are suffering health abnormalitiesin the area of BMI (obesity/underweight), Vision (myopia/hyperopia), Dental (decay/cavities), followed by ENT, Hygiene related issues.

 

“Our health screening data shows a clear need for focused effort to improve health of children and young people through preventive healthcare. A continued failure to act will have serious ramifications for the health of generations to come,”warnsDr.Akshay Shah, co-Founder, Jarma Wellness.

 

“Taking care of one’s health, hygiene & safety is perhaps the most important life skill that can be inculcated among the student population and thus it is one of the key areas in which schools can invest time and resources. Many of the health problems, especially lifestyle diseases, are preventable and treatable, and tackling them will also bring huge social and economic benefits for India,” adds Nimish Thaker, co-Founder, Jarma Wellness.

 

The Jarma Wellness report is based on findings and observations from their School Health Screening Program, conducted for over 40 K-12 Schools and 300 pre-primary centers belonging to different socio-economic backgrounds spread across 20 plus cities in India for over 1,76,240 children ranging from 2 to 17 years of age. The data has been categorised on the basis of school type Segment A (schools either in Tier I cities or with average cost to the parent ≥ INR 50,000 per year) and Segment B (government schools, schools supported by NGOs and private schools not falling in Segment A category). The cities covered in this report are - Ludhiana, Mathura, Renukoot, Jaipur, Patna, Kolkata/Howrah, Raipur, Sambalpur (Odisha), Mumbai Metropolitan Region (Mumbai, Navi-Mumbai, Panvel, Thane, Kalyan etc.), Pune, Surat, Ahmedabad, Bharuch, Nagpur, Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore and Mangalore.

The report reveals that a substantial percentage of children in the age group 2 to 17 years are suffering health abnormalities in the area of BMI (obesity/underweight), Vision (myopia/hyperopia), Dental (decay/cavities), followed by ENT, Hygiene related issues.

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