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79% school girls at risk of cardiovascular issues
Aug 10, 2018

79% school girls at risk of cardiovascular issues

The study covered 15K schoolchildren from across Mumbai, Delhi, & Navi Mumbai

According to a recent study, about 79 percent of school girls are on the brink of developing potential health risks, which include cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases.

The study, carried out by Fitterfly - a health - tech company based out of Mumbai, had covered 15,000 school children, both boys and girls, from 25 schools across Mumbai, Delhi, Navi Mumbai and Thane.

Medical experts and researchers have repeatedly worried about declining health parameters among the school-going children in the country, particularly, in cities like Mumbai, Delhi and other metros.

The only silver lining in the story is that 59 percent girls find a slot in the healthy fitness zone in terms of Body Mass Index (BMI).

The study stated that 68 percent school children (both boys and girls) in the age brackets of 5 and 17 years on a whole are clocking low on stamina, muscle strength, body composition and musculoskeletal fitness.

The boys on these parameters, however, fared better compared to girls with 59 percent being unfit, it is hardly a consolation though. The findings serve as food for thought because child fitness is one of the most significant health markers. Medical research shows that fitness in childhood is a predictor of morbidity and mortality for diseases. Poor fitness in childhood is actually linked to 26 diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity and many more, opined Dr. Arbinder Singal of Fitterfly.

The assessment also revealed the need for 11 per cent girls to urgently work on improving their aerobic capacity to get into the fitness zone since their current stamina levels are abysmally low due to sedentary lifestyle.

As doctors and educators, we have to work to improve figures, said Nidhi Sirohi, Principal, G D Goenka Global School, Noida; part of the study.

Other findings of the survey include low agility, strength among girls (44 per cent), increased risk of low muscle strength and agility among boys (65 per cent) and overall risk of low agility, strength and endurance among boys and girls (60 per cent) and the need for boys (35 per cent) to engage in fitness activities to avoid the risk of obesity.

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