Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Biggest Loser and Indian obesity   posted by Razib @ 11/25/2009 12:27:00 AM

After reading this article about the The Biggest Loser, I checked out the Wikipedia page for the show. There are international versions. Through that I found out that there is an Indian version of the show. I thought this was weird. I mean, it's India, right? Well, around 2% of Indian women are obese (BMI 30 and above). That's 20 million obese! In India obesity still seems to correlate with wealth and higher status. Nearly 10% of women in Delhi and Punjab are obese (vs. 0.5% in Bihar, the heart of the "Deep North"). Nearly 10% of Jains are obese. 6.5% of women who have completed secondary school are obese, vs. 1% of illiterates. 6% of people in urban areas vs. 1% in rural areas.