Background: In India, the socioeconomic shift in the past few decades has led to a sedentary lifestyle with poor dietary habits, leading to an increased incidence of overweight and obesity in children. Furthermore, obesity and anemia share some common links. Objectives: In this study, we have prevalence of anemia and obesity in Indian schoolchildren. Methods: The study was carried out on 1675 children and adolescent participants aged 6-18 years for the prevalence of obesity and anemia. Height, weight, waist and hip circumference were taken. Hemoglobin levels was measured for each participant. Results: Males and females differed in height (p = 0.007), waist circumference (p = 0.019), waist-to-hip ratio (p < 0.001) and hemoglobin levels (p < 0.001). A total of 294 girls (44.4%) and 283 boys (29.7%) were anemic. There were significant differences between BMI within age groups for both boys (p
Banerjee, Mithu; Bhatti, Brig V.K.; Roy, Dipayan; and Tomo, Sojit
"A National Survey of the Prevalence of Anemia and Obesity in Indian School Children,"
Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives: Vol. 12:
5, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.gbmc.org/jchimp/vol12/iss5/8