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    'Sedentary lifestyle dangerous'

    Tribune News Service
    The Tribune
    Monday, April 8, 2002

    Chandigarh, April 7 - Obesity among north Indians due to
    dietary habits and sedentary lifestyle is the major cause
    of rise in cases of diabetes, hypertension and heart
    diseases. This was stated by Dr Rajesh Kumar of the
    Department of Community Medicine, PGI, here today while
    talking to TNS on the occasion of World Health Day.

    A special function to mark the day was organised by the
    PGI, where the warning issued by the WHO that physical
    inactivity is one of the leading causes of diseases and
    disability was reiterated by Dr S.K. Sharma, Director,
    PGI. ''If people continue regular physical activity they
    can prevent many diseases. Physical activity could be
    enjoyable and fun,'' he said.

    Dr Rajesh Kumar also warned that north Indians, in
    general, have to change their lifestyles from sedentary
    nature to a more physical one and take the WHO action
    plan for 2002 seriously.

    Quoting the WHO World Health Day report, Deputy
    Commissioner M. Ramsekhar who was the chief guest at the
    function, stated that approximately 2 million deaths per
    year are attributed to physical inactivity.

    The WHO, through a worldwide press release, had issued a
    warning that sedentary lifestyle could very well be among
    the 10 leading causes of death and disability in the
    world. ''The habit of maintaining a healthy lifestyle,
    including regular exercise and a nutritious diet ideally
    begins in childhood and we hope that parents and schools
    everywhere will use this day to spread this message,''
    said Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, WHO's Director-General.
    ''We should all be ready to move for health and to adopt
    healthy and active lifestyles. World Health Day 2002 is a
    call to action to individuals, families, communities
    governments and policy-makers to move for health.''

    Sedentary lifestyles increase the risk of cardiovascular
    diseases, diabetes, obesity, and increase the risks of
    colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, lipid
    disorders, depression and anxiety. According to the WHO,
    60 to 85 per cent of the people in the world -- from both
    developed and developing countries -- lead sedentary
    lifestyles, making it one of the more serious yet
    insufficiently addressed public health problems of our
    time. It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of children
    are also insufficiently active, with serious implications
    for their future health.

    Among the preventive measures recommended by the WHO are
    moderate physical activity for up to 30 minutes every
    day, tobacco cessation, and healthy nutrition. In
    addition to individual lifestyle changes, governments and
    policy-makers are also recommended to ''move for health''
    by creating a supportive environment for people.

    Meanwhile, students of the Sector 38 Guru Harkrishan
    Model School performed yoga and demonstrated various
    ''asanas'' on the occasion. A cycle rally was flagged off
    by the DC from PGI to Sukhna lake who also rode with the
    250 schoolchildren. Prizes were also awarded to some of
    the cyclists by the Chandigarh Amateur Cycling

    Dr Inderjit Walia, Principal, College of Nursing and
    president, IPHA, had earlier welcomed the guests and Dr
    Rajesh Kumar thanked them.

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