Blaming it on modern changing food habits from organic food to processed food, a new study has said that it is resulting in rise in inflammatory bowel disease in children in India, sending a warning against the mushrooming fast food chains.
The multi-centric study shows that out of 221 children, 42 percent suffered from Ulcerative Colitis, which involves the large intestine, and 55.2 percent suffered from Crohn’s Disease, which involves the food pipe, small intestine as well as large intestine, said the study.
The paediatric inflammatory bowel disease is more severe than the adult inflammatory bowel disease and needs prolonged treatment and it also leads to growth failures in some children.
The results of the study, published in the Indian Journal of Gastroenterology, was undertaken at two centres from northern India (including Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi), four centres from southern India and one from central India.
Dr Nishant Wadhwa, co-author and paediatric gastroenterologist at Ganga Ram Hospital said: “This study has for the first time outlined the baseline profile in paediatric population with IBD from India and has shown that two-third (60.5 percent) of the children in this series were suffering from growth failure.”