JT Foundation spreads awareness on childhood obesity in urban Pune 

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 12 August 2018

India has the second highest number of obese children in the world after China. According to a study it was found out that 14.4 million children in the country have excess weight, and obesity is the silent killer there is a huge need to create awareness in all socioeconomic areas. 

Pune: India has the second highest number of obese children in the world after China. According to a study it was found out that 14.4 million children in the country have excess weight, and obesity is the silent killer there is a huge need to create awareness in all socioeconomic areas. 

Taking up the cause JT foundation in collaboration with Rotary club of Koregaon Park, Apollo Spectra Hospital, O clinic, Sahyadri Hospital and 
Navneet Prakashan has decided to organise a drawing competition in 45 schools of the city, and spread awareness about childhood obesity through them. 

Till now 15,000 entries have been confirmed. The drawing competition will have obesity as its theme, wherein kids will think, conceptualize and draw what they think about obesity and healthy habits. Among those 15000, 100 selected drawings will be exhibited and best 14 drawings will be rewarded in Evolve 2018 on August 12 between 11 am to 1 pm at Mahatma Phule Auditorium, Fatimanagar, Pune. 

Dr Jayshree Todkar, director of Jt Foundation and Bariatric Surgeon said, “This is further in line with fight childhood obesity campaign which was inaugurated on November 16 2017, where Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis launched the campaign and now we take it to another level. 

We are focusing on children where we can educate them about obesity and also ask them to spread the word in the society,” 

“Our aim is not to assess their drawing skills but to create awareness among kids. The best obesity drawings will be the brand ambassadors... wherein those kids will be a part of further activities organized by JT foundation. We want kids to have proper awareness about the disease of obesity thus that will help them for a better future,” added Dr Todkar. 

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