Tapan Bose, a software professional in Calcutta, ballooned from 75 to 95 kilos due to a totally desk-tied job. It triggered off such severe depression, diagnosed as dysmorphophobia (a feeling of ugliness), that he had to be hospitalised.
A diabetes diagnosis just before Anjali Dayal’s 30th birthday destroyed all her party plans. With her eyesight failing and hair prematurely greying, this Delhi-based editor’s life-mission now is to rid her blimp-sized body of 25 killing kilos.
Hold up a mirror to urban middle-class India today and clinical profiles are reflecting the unshiny truth about our otherwise pleasing 8 per cent economic growth figure. Our middle class is growing...