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Obese kids at receiving end in school

Jun 11, 2007 02:01 PM IST India India

Burhanpur/Bhopal: Childhood obesity is a medical condition that needs treatment like any common illness. But lack of awareness about the disorder makes obese children the butt of jokes. Yusuf, his brothers and sisters do not go to school anymore. It is not that they do not enjoy studying but because they couldn’t take the jokes made about their weight by other students anymore. "We are very disturbed what can we do. We go to school and every one teases us for our weight,” says Yusuf. "We want to send our children to school but they have to face many problems. They can't walk properly and children tease them,” adds Yusuf’s mother, Shayara Bi. Doctors say obesity is a genetic hormonal disorder and not related to what and how much one eats. Speaking about the children, chief medical officer, Dr J S Awasya says, “They keep putting on weight no matter what they eat. It's a thyroid problem.” The state government has come to their rescue partially. The government has promised free treatment as the children come from a poor family. Says Health Minister, Madhya Pradesh, Ajay Bishnoi, “They can go to the local hospital. I will direct the hospital to treat them for free,” However, the real question is that of social acceptability. Doctors say the treatment could take up to 10 years to have effect. So unless there is awareness created about obesity being like any other medical disorder, the jokes will continue.

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