Eliciting a policy response for the rising epidemic of overweight-obesity in India

Obes Rev. 2013 Nov;14 Suppl 2:114-25. doi: 10.1111/obr.12097.


India is experiencing multiple transitions with respect to nutrition patterns, epidemiology and demography. Along with staggering childhood undernutrition, a rapid rise in chronic diseases and their risk factors including overweight-obesity (O-O), among all sections of society, is compounding India's health challenges. We present an overview of the O-O scenario (prevalence, determinants) and profile existing initiatives to address this modifiable risk factor in India. Urgent attention from all sectors, committed resources, policy support and targeted actions are warranted to combat the dual burden of malnutrition. The health systems should be reoriented and strengthened, in addition to enabling actions in other sectors, to address prevention and control of non-communicable diseases and associated risk factors like O-O.

Keywords: India; non-communicable diseases; obesity; overweight.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diet
  • Food Labeling / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Food Safety
  • Fruit
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Malnutrition / epidemiology
  • Malnutrition / prevention & control
  • Motor Activity
  • Nutrition Policy*
  • Nutritional Status
  • Obesity / epidemiology*
  • Obesity / prevention & control
  • Overweight / epidemiology*
  • Overweight / prevention & control
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Vegetables