Demand for gastric bypass, or bariatric surgery is rising rapidly in India, where it is predicted 70 million people will soon be obese. At the same time, nearly 40 per cent of children are stunted by malnutrition. Photo: Alamy

Why obesity is a growing problem in India – diet, aversion to physical work and old idea that if you’re fat you must be prosperous

Cultural factors aggravate India’s obesity problem, and while doctors admit attitudes need to change, they are lobbying for medical insurance to cover surgery that shrinks the stomachs, and appetites, of obese people

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Demand for gastric bypass, or bariatric surgery is rising rapidly in India, where it is predicted 70 million people will soon be obese. At the same time, nearly 40 per cent of children are stunted by malnutrition. Photo: Alamy
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