Punjabis most obese, people from Tripura and Meghalaya leanest


Union Health Minister JP Nadda told the parliament on Tuesday that Punjabis were the most obese people in the country while men from Tripura and women from Meghalaya were the leanest.

Nadda was replying to a question on the prevalence of obesity.

Obesity is usually a condition, when Body Mass Index (BMI) exceeds more than 25.

PTI news agency quoted Nadda as saying that the rise in obesity was also contributing to increase in cases of diabetes, which is linked with overweight.

He told the parliament that diabetes was seeing a consistent rise with 65, 66.8 and 69.1 million people between 20-79 years of age suffering from it in 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively.

While men and women from Punjab were described as the most obese, people Kerala and Delhi occupied second and third spot respectively.

According to figures tabled in the House, women everywhere, except Bihar and Meghalaya, are more overweight than men.

In Tripura, only 4.8 per cent of men and 7.1 per cent of women are obese while in Meghalaya, only 5.9 per cent men and 5.3 per cent women are overweight.

The figures have been sourced to a 2005-06 National Family Health Survey.

In 2007 too, a report by the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development had revealed that the most number of obese women in the country were found in Punjab, followed by Delhi.