The number of diabetics in India is growing at the rate of one every five seconds, while one person dies from the disease every ten seconds. Moreover, India accounts for most number of diabetic children in the south-east Asian region. This has prompted the Indian government to initiate training for prevention of diabetes in schoolchildren.
Cases of type 1 diabetes are on the rise among children and sedentary lifestyles leading to obesity is the major reason behind it. This has prompted the ministry of healthy to develop a module for health topics to be included from class 8th for diabetes prevention. The ministry is doing this with NCERT.
The proposed topic to be included in class 8th syllabus would cover good health practices, basic information about diseases and lifestyle management. The syllabus for this topic is being prepared by experts from health and education sector. The subject to be introduced would be a compulsory and the kids would need to appear for an exam for the same.
According to Jagdish Prasad, director-general of health services, the syllabus would be given to CBSE to be introduced as a compulsory subject. He added that it would be better for diabetes prevention if the children are informed about the risk factors such as obesity, hypertension and family history, than giving simple instructions to not eat outside food and being active.