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Painting competition on a problem that can’t be taken lightly

FINISHING TOUCHES: One of the participants at the painting competition organised by the Vasantha Memorial Trust in St. Thomas Mount on Sunday.

FINISHING TOUCHES: One of the participants at the painting competition organised by the Vasantha Memorial Trust in St. Thomas Mount on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: —Photo: A. MURALITHARAN

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Vasantha Memorial Trust organised a programme to create awareness of the risks of childhood obesity and how it could lead to cancer later, among children and their parents here on Sunday.

The events included a painting competition on ‘When weight goes up, life goes down,’ interaction with parents and a presentation on the causes for and effects of obesity among children.

‘No’ to junk food, was the message

The message of the presentation was loud and clear — ‘Stay away from junk food and follow a healthy life.’

Ramanathan Jayraman, son of Ms. Vasantha, after whom the trust is named, said that this was the second year they were organising events in connection with World Cancer Day observed on February 4 every year.

He said that a huge percentage of children in the country were prone to obesity and the problem was on the rise owing to their lifestyle that included consumption of junk food and lack of physical activities.

Over 200 children take part

Dr. Jayraman said that 205 children from 15 government and private schools took part in the painting competition.

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