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Wealth is (Not) Health
Awareness about balance diet should be the priority…
04/10/2007

It seems that all think tanks & global forums but India and their policies makers are interested in health of Indians. A recent research by Harvard School of Public Health & the University of Bristol fortifies this hypothesis. Be it poor or rich; be it in rural or urban, there seems to be no initiative by government in spreading awareness of proper balance diet. If poor are incapable of affording proper food, then the rich suffers from abundance of the same. Owing to severe shortage & recurring famine & floods in eastern region of India, most people are found underweight in this region (47% in Orissa). Moreover, the inclination towards the regional food surpasses the balance diet & thus there are more of overweight people in northern grid of India like Delhi (25%) & Punjab (10%). In case of poor people, they rely more on indigenous foods as they can be found in abundance & cost less to them which again defy the concept of balance diet. With increasing production of refined cereals (which have less fibres & vitamins) & proclivity towards fast food in almost all categories of the society, obesity is becoming a common phenomenon. The policymakers need to device policy whereby they can not only spread awareness about balance diet among commoners but also work with education ministry to impart the same through schools & colleges.

By:- B&E
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