An Indian teenager who remained stranded in Bahrain since 2006 is to be reunited with his father in India on Friday.
Due to lack of legal documents and identity papers, Raja Prasad, 18, was stranded in Bahrain in 2006 when his father Thani Prasad was deported back to India, Gulf Daily News reported.
Born out of wedlock to a Sri Lankan mother, who left his father when he was two years old, Raja did not have any legal documents or an official birth certificate, delaying his extradition from the country.
Raja’s father, from Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh, lived in Bahrain for 16 years as a laundry worker. Surviving with help from the Migrant Workers Protection Society, Raja was able to continue his studies in Bahrain. “Different people at different points of time in all these years helped Raja by financially supporting him and looking after his well-being,” said social worker Mehru Vesuvala.
He is now going home after receiving an outpass from the Indian Embassy. Indian Embassy officials said his plane ticket had been purchased with aid from the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF). The ICWF was established by the ministry of overseas Indian affairs in 43 countries which have a large Indian population. It provides on-site welfare services.
Many people know that a woman’s health, including her diet and exercise habits, can impact the health of her baby even before she gets pregnant. But, until recently, little was known about a father’s diet and exercise choices.
Matthew Hurt is teaching his young sons how to hit a baseball. He wants them to enjoy sports and exercising.
“I want it to be just natural for them. I don’t want it to be a chore. I want them to just want to go outside, want to be active and enjoy life to its fullest.”
Impact of exercise
A study at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center looked at the impact of fathers’ exercise habits on their offspring.
Kristin Stanford is a member of Ohio State’s Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center. She co-led the study. The results showed that even moderate exercise before a baby was conceived “resulted in an improved metabolic health in their adult offspring. Essentially, it improved their glucose metabolism, decreased body weight and increased their insulin sensitivity.”
The World Health Organization says 1 in 4 adults worldwide are dangerously inactive. That increases the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.
Inactivity also has social and economic consequences.
The research at Ohio State was done in mice. More work needs to be done to see if it applies to people as well.
“The idea would be that if you have a dad who wants to have a baby, if they would exercise maybe just a month prior to conception, that would have a really dramatic effect on their child’s life.”
Poor diet? Just exercise
The researchers also found that exercise helped even with a poor diet. Sedentary mice fed a high fat diet passed along negative health issues like obesity and insulin resistance, but those effects were completely reversed by exercise.