Thursday, November 28, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Big bucks lead to obesity among schoolkids
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
A seminar organised under the aegis of VLCC Foundation, “Stay Fit Not Fat - The Dimensional Challenge in Adolescents”, revealed startling data on the rise of adolescent obesity in school children.

The panel consisted of renowned educationists and doctors who had a wide-ranging discussion on adolescent obesity and its implications. The papers presented at the seminar revealed the fact that an alarming 32 per cent students are obese and overweight in schools. Studies prove schoolkids in Delhi are overweight and a fair proportion of this figure is obese.

Surveys conducted by various independent organisations show data which indicates that obesity is a chronic problem that is increasing among adolescents and is the harbinger of various life-threatening diseases, especially in students. Also, several non-fatal but debilitating complaints that impact on immediate quality of life are a consequence of obesity.

The study conducted by Dr Umesh Kapil, Head of Division of Community Nutrition, AIIMS, and his colleagues reveals 7.4 per cent of schoolkids in Delhi belonging to the affluent strata are obese. Statistics also reveal that obesity is the main culprit for various medical problems and by the year 2015 there would be 33 per cent mortality, especially among the youth, on account of heart disease.

Dr O. P. Yadav, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Dharam Vira Heart Centre, Ganga Ram Hospital, further elaborated that, “Obesity is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases with additional effects of hypertension, diabetes, skin problems and osteoarthritis.”

Expressing her concern, Dr Rakhi Thakkar, Paediatrician, Sitaram Bhartia Institute, said”, The study was conducted among 750. About 10 per cent students were found to be hypertensive and had high BP. Children in Delhi schools had shown an alarming increase in obesity due to modern lifestyle. Thirty-five per cent had vision problems and 40 per cent had dental problems. The main reasons for problems are unbalanced diet and excessive addiction to television and computers”.

Adolescent obesity has started catching up with the younger generation in India and the fact that Indians are generally vulnerable to heart diseases has added to the problem. The increasingly sedentary lifestyle, combined with high intake of junk foods, has seen a marked increase in obesity related diseases, which is a cause of concern.

Dr Shyama Chona, Principal, DPS, said “Studies conducted in various schools reveal that due to the impact of modern lifestyle, growing children are increasingly becoming obese and also suffer from various health problems. It is always better to educate the students about healthy living at respective schools itself”.

Further, Dr S. K. Sama, Chairman, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, added,” Obesity is spreading across the globe at an epidemic rate. There is evidence that children and adolescents from affluent families are overweight than in the past possibly because of decreased physical activities, sedentary lifestyles, bad eating habits and increased fat content in the diet”.



Reema Malhotra stars for North Zone
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, November 27
An outstanding all-round performance by 20-year-old Reema Malhotra (4 for 49 and 62 no, 6x4) helped North Zone beat Central Zone by seven wickets in a league match of the All-India Rani Jhansi Trophy Inter-Zonal Women's Cricket Tournament at the Air Force (Palam) ground.

This was North Zone's first victory, after losing to Railways and Air India. North now take on East and West zones to complete their engagements. Reema Malhotra had scored an unbeaten 55 against Railways, scored an unbeaten 26 and took 5 for 55 against Air India to maintain her good form.

Scores: Central Zone: 192 all out in 48.4 overs (Rahul Singh 36, Priyanka 30, Babita 30, Bharti Verma 20, Reema Malhotra 4 for 49, Rajwant 1 for 14, Amita Sharma 1 for 29, Rajvinder Kaur 1 for 25, Rajni Bhalla 1 for 29). North Zone: 193 for 3 in 48 overs (Reema Malhotra 62 n.o, 4x4; Rajiv Sharma 36, 4x4; Gurdeep Kaur 36,2x4; Gulshan Sharma 29, 3x4; Rajni Bhalla 14 n.o, Preeti Singh 3 for 31).

GAIL down HCL Infosys

Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL) beat HCL Infosys by 20 runs in the sixth D G Phadkar Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Central Secretariat ground.

Scores: GAIL: 143 for 7 wickets in 25 overs (Gautam 27, Lalit Maurya 19, Satish Kumar 19, Jaitley 3 for 29). HCL

Infosys: 123 all out in 20.4 overs (Nischal 32, 2x4; D B Thakur 4 for 19, Lalit Maurya 3 for 13). Thakur was adjudged the man of the match.

Shastri Club victorious

A fine 92-run opening wicket partnership between Dilip T T and Himanshu Khullar helped Lal Bahadur Shastri Club beat Dena Bank by 12 runs and entered the final of the seventh M S Trophy Triveni Devi Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Mohan Meakins ground. Dilip T T was adjudged the man of the match.

Scores: Shastri Club: 179 all out in 39.3 overs (Dilip T T 54, Himanshu Khullar 38, Gaurav Chabra 45, Sonu Vaid 3 for 29, Rajiv Rathore 3 for 32, Kartar Nath 2 for 31).

Dena Bank: 167 all out in 39.4 overs (Pradeep Gupta 46, Sanjay Sharma 39, Sonu Vaid 35, Rajiv Rathore 29, Dilip T T 3 for 24, Sumeet Rana 2 for 29, Ashutosh Sharma 2 for 17, Narender Kumar 2 for 39).

Salwan girls, Bhai Joga Singh enter final

Salwan girls defeated Vijay Enclave 25-21,25-20, 22-25, 25-4 to enter the final of the sixth Salwan Inter-School Volleyball Tournament at the Salwan School court. Nirjala, Jyoti and Himanshi played a good match for Salwan. In the other semi-final match, Bhai Joga Singh beat Rohini 26-28,25-19, 25-21, 25-22. Lalita played well for Joga Singh School.

In the boys section, New Era Public School defeated DAV, Pushpanjali 25-20, 25-23, 25-20 and Hill Grove School beat Army Public School 25-21, 15-25, 25-22, 25-12.



CISF earn full points in Shastri Hockey
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, November 27
Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) scored a narrow one-goal victory against Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centre in the opening match of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium in the Capital.

In a keenly-contested match, Mangra Munda scored the match winner in the 60th minute. Munda was declared the best player of the match.

The tournament was declared open by Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

In a fast-paced match, both the teams traded move for move and came close to scoring on several occasions, but both the teams muffed easy chances till CISF came up with the winner at the fag end of the contest.

The Sports Authority of India boys earned four penalty corners while CISF got three, but neither team could convert any of them.

Some of the top teams like Air India, Indian Airlines, Bharat Petroleum and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation are taking part in the tournament.

Thursday's fixtures: Air India vs ONGC (11.30 a m); CRPF vs Bangladesh XI (1 p m); Indian Airlines vs Bharat Petroleum (2.45 p m)--Shivaji Stadium.



Top players for Noida Ladies Golf
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, November 27
Some of the big names in ladies golf will vie for honours in the Noida Amateur Golf Championship to be held played over 54 holes at the Noida Golf Club course from November 29 to December 1.

The tournament, to be sponsored by the Noida Authority, will witness the participation of players Anjali Chopra, Shruti Khanna, Shalini Malik, Parnita Grewal, Mayali Talwar, Nalini Singh and Aashana Monga.

The ladies section of the Noida Golf Club, with a strength of 80 members, has been organising the Noida Ladies Amateur Golf Championship for the past four years with great success. The excellent condition of the 18-hole Noida Golf Club course, with 50 bunkers and a water hazard, has helped attract some of the best players for the event.

Several attractive prizes await the winners, with LG Electronics instituting a Hole in One prize.



Sunil Shoken excels for Jeevan Jyoti
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, November 27
A brilliant all-round performance by Sunil Shoken, who hit 62 strokeful runs and then claimed four wickets for 21 runs, helped Jeevan Jyoti Model School,
Sadatpur beat Sachdeva Public School by seven wickets in the second Ganga School Under-17 Inter-School Cricket Tournament at the school ground.

Scores: Sachdeva Public School: 125 for 8 in 30 overs (Sagar Dhaya 35, Aman 21, Sachin Choudhary 20, Sunil Shoken 4 for 21, Manish 2 for 11). Jeevan Jyoti Model School: 126 for 3 in 16.4 overs (Sunil Shoken 62, Anirodh 28, Sanjeev 31).


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