Men of Tripura and women of Meghalaya are the leanest, whereas Punjabis are most obese; this has been informed by Union Health Minister J P Nadda. Replying to a question on the prevalence of obesity, a condition when the Body Mass Index (BMI) is more than 25, Nadda stated, ‘Diabetes, which is linked to obesity, is seeing a consistent rise with 65, 66.8 and 69.1 million people between 20-79 years of age suffering from it in 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively. ‘
He further revealed people of Punjab are followed by Kerala and Delhi, with 17.8% and 16.8% of men and 28.1% and 26.4% of women from respective states reporting a BMI of more than 25. According to figures tabled in the House, women everywhere, except Bihar and Meghalaya, are more overweight than men.
‘In Tripura, only 4.8 per cent of men and 7.1 per cent of women are obese while in Meghalaya, only 5.9 per cent men and 5.3 per cent women are overweight,’ he added. It is to be mentioned here that figures have been sourced from a 2005-2006 National Family Health Survey.