Rise in obese Indian teens causes alarm

Rise in obese Indian teens causes alarm
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India's health minister says the number of obese teenagers in the country has nearly doubled over the last five years, with economic growth fueling lifestyle changes including a fondness for fast food.

Health experts said changing diets were to blame, along with an increase in sedentary activities like driving a car, watching TV and using a computer.

On Tuesday, Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda cited the government's national family health survey as showing 29 percent of Indian teens are obese, compared with 16 percent five years ago. He said the rise in obesity among 13- to 18-year-olds is alarming.

Rising incomes have allowed India's middle class to grow quickly, while fueling the proliferation of Western-style fast food chains in cities and suburbs.—AP

Raped and burnt Indian girl, 15, dies in New Delhi

A 15-year-old Indian girl who was raped and set on fire this week died Wednesday in the New Delhi hospital where she was being treated for severe burns, police said.

(Indian policemen near a house today where the teen was set on fire at Tigri village, near Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India).

Police have arrested a 20-year-old man and charged him with raping and burning the girl Monday in a village outside New Delhi, one of several recently reported cases of rapes of women or children in India.

Following the attack, the girl was taken to the hospital with burns over 95 percent of her body. She died early today, said Uttar Pradesh state police constable Yadram Singh.

The girl's family said the man had been stalking her for several months. Her father had filed a police complaint and police issued a warning to him last year.

The man was charged Tuesday with several offenses, including rape and attempted murder. Since the girl has died, the attempted murder charge will be changed to murder, Singh said.

The man's family denied the accusation of rape and said the two were having a consensual relationship. They did not comment on the girl's burns.—AP
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