Rise in obesity, vision-related issues in Indian schoolchildren, says study

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  1. A report titled “Enhancing the Effectiveness and Impact of Schools: Insights from School Health Screening Program” has noted that obesity, vision and dental issues are the major health problems faced by school-going children across India.
  2. The report has been published by Jarma Wellness, an organisation working in the area of healthcare consultation. Jarma Wellness, an organisation working in the area of healthcare consultation. The report is based on findings made from the School Health Screening Program conducted on 1,76,240 children ranging from 2 to 17 years of age
  3. The report has found that among the assessed children, 25.5% had abnormal vision. It has also reported that 50% of all students screened were found to have dental issues.
  4. Overweight and obesity have also emerged as a major health issue with the problem aggravating with age. The report has further added that hygiene is a major issue among school children across India.
  5. The report has concluded that awareness among children and parents play a key role in maintaining good health among children. Awareness among parents leads to more investment in preventive healthcare for children.