Tiranga Bhojan: The Freedom from Disease
Independence Day is round the corner, and everyone is filled with a sense of freedom, patriotism and pride. One topic of fierce discussion is ‘The Right to Health’. Lately, it has gained a lot of attention; however, many believe it doesn’t require a corner of its own in the Constitution.
In the absence of freedom of knowledge, people have started abusing their health by eating junk, over-working, adopting irregular sleeping habits, improper hygiene, sedentary lifestyle and breathing in polluted air.
Even after years of independence, we still disregard the nation’s ever-increasing rate of nutritional deficiencies. While India is among the top five countries in terms of obesity, it also has the highest number of underweight/malnourished individuals, especially youngsters.
In the past decade, a number of Indians have fallen victim to a plethora of non-communicative diseases, and are constantly at war with numerous health issues daily. There has been a sharp spike in the number of diabetes, hypertension (blood pressure), cancer and respiratory cases in the past century.
However, the good news is that, prevention of non-communicable disease is possible.
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Sharleen Zacharia is a trained Nutritionist with a Master’s degree in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics.