Thursday, April 15, 2010

Obesity in India: A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

Malnutrition is one of the biggest problems in India. Millions of people suffer from poverty and they cannot even afford to have 3 decent meals a day. Now, it seems that another kind of problem is becoming common- obesity and overweight.
With the continuous high economic growth, many people now have enough disposable income to eat in shops like McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Domino’z Pizza etc. In fact, in Indian TV channels, you can see advertisements of all these food shops continuously. Now a days, many people are doing jobs in the outsourcing sector and these jobs require the workers to sit in their desk all the time. So, there is not much physical activity. 
I just finished reading an in depth report in Sydney Morning Herald:
The report was written by MATT WADE.
The title itself says a lot perhaps. I personally think that Indian government should take this matter seriously right away or else it will be really too late. A stitch in time can save nine.
The Indian media has an important role to play. I cannot think of any TV program in any channel right now that talks about overweight and obesity on a regular basis. 

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