The prevalence of overweight or obesity has increased in India, with almost the same percentage of men and women being obese. According to the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) statistics, the prevalence of obesity among Indians increased in 2019-21 compared to 2015-16. Nearly one out of every four people is overweight, up from one out of every five previously.

Obesity is measured using the BMI (Body Mass Index) (BMI). Obesity is defined as having a BMI of more than 30; overweight is defined as having a BMI of between 25 and 29.9.

According to the most recent National Family Health Study (NFHS-5), the government’s most comprehensive household survey of health and socioeconomic factors, approximately 23% of men and 24% of women have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher, a 4% increase for both genders over 2015-16. According to the findings, 3.4 percent of children under the age of five are now overweight, up from 2.1 percent in 2015-16.

According to the survey, 57 percent of women and 48 percent of men have a waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) of greater than 30, putting them at a higher risk of metabolic problems. Anemia affects 57% of women and 25% of men between the ages of 15 and 49.

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