Traditional Indian foods get a thumps up

Traditional Indian foods get a thumps up

Burgers. Pizzas. Pohas. Samosas.

 

 

Which food item would you pick from this menu?

 

If you have picked anything other than Pohas and Samosas, then you have made an incorrect health choice.

 

This is what was concluded by a report called Body Burden: Lifestyle Choice released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) to highlight the state of India’s health.

 

 

So what are triggers of non- communicable diseases (NCDs) according to WHO?

 

Intake of alcohol

 

Smoking of tobacco

 

Diets poor in vitamins, minerals & proteins

 

Lack of physical activity

 

 

However Sunita Narain, director general of CSE adds that WHO needs to call out a few more factors in India which is responsible for 61% of deaths in the country:

 

 

Foods that are high in salt, sugar, fat but low in nutrition

 

Pesticides exposure which are known to cause cancer

 

Air pollution

 

In case you were unaware of it, here are seven major health problems Indians suffer from:

 

1. The Obesity/ Overweight Epidemic: Consider this: there were twice as many obese Indians in 2015 vis-a- vis 2005. In fact statistics say, 20.7 % women and 18.6% men in the age group of 15-49 years are victims of obesity.

 

 

 

Triggers:

 

 

The presence of obesogenic chemicals like DDT, bisphenol A, MSG and arsenic in the air

 

 

Ultra processed food like Maggi veg noodles and Minute Maid pulpy orange

 

 

1.How can you beat obesity?

 

 

Eat processed food cautiously

 

 

Try getting more daily exercise

 

 

The Government can:

 

 

Prohibit excessive media advertisements of these products

 

 

Tax unhealthy foods heavily

 

 

Ask manufactures to tag detailed labels

 

 

2. Mental health problems: Mental health problems are no longer a joke. Over 10 % of the country’s population or 150 million people are affected by mental disorders.

 

 

Triggers:

 

 

No social support

 

 

Changing, unhealthy diets

 

 

Money worries

 

 

Increased sugar intake

 

 

Air pollution: each increase of PM 2.5 in the environment by 4.34 microgram/ cubic meter can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s!

 

 

3. Cancer: It’s a scary figure: by 2020, there will be 1.73 million additional Indians falling prey to cancer each year! It’s a costly, expensive killer; both screening and medication are beyond the reach of the common man.

 

 

Triggers:

 

 

Household chemicals

 

 

Cosmetics

 

 

Toxins in the air

 

 

Tobacco & alcohol

 

 

Air pollution

 

 

High protein, low fiber diets

 

 

4. Heart diseases: Your heart can literally kill you; 26 % of the deaths of Indians can be attributed to cardiovascular diseases. Male and the youth population are especially at risk.

 

Triggers:

 

 

Lack of exercise

 

 

Depression