Thursday, 27 March 2014

Diet Plan


Let’s look at some of the media literature about deteriorating health statistic in India.

According to one article published in The Mumbai Mirror1 dated 25 Jan 2014, titled “India’s unhealthy teens”- A study conducted by National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau of India concludes that over 50 per cent of healthy looking children suffer from deficiencies of vitamin A, C, B2, B6 and folate, and over 2/3rd are oblivious to the iron deficiency they live with. Of the 23,000 genes in our body, as per genetic evaluation test, only 20 deal with receptors of vitamins. This means even if a child’s diet includes vitamins, if his ability to absorb and use them is low, would demand increasing vitamin intake to the point where the deficit can be met.

The article also mentioned that - Lack of information is a key concern. Most parents, who approach food consultant, want their kids to be Olympic athletes and “Only 15 per cent consult out of general concern.” New-age parents informed by media reports introduce healthy options but at irregular intervals in the form of whole wheat cornflakes, muesli and probiotics. But this quick-fix option is inadequate in the face of sugar-loaded colas and fat-packed snacks.

According to one article published in The Hindu2 on Sep 24 2013, titles “Doctors: clock is ticking away for India” - H. Prabhakar, Chief Interventional Cardiologist  Said “Instead of sons bringing their fathers for heart check-up as it was 15 years ago, in two out of 10 cases today, the father brings his son for a heart check-up.” In the same article, Sudeep, Endocrinologist, said that more young people had diabetes today. If the father turned diabetic at 60, the son would become diabetic at 50 and the grandson would develop the condition much earlier because of changing lifestyles. Abnormalities in fats and sugars were the source of heart problems and people did not accept that they were affected by stress. “They skip medical check-ups and while they agree they should modify their lifestyle, they did not adhere to physical activity schedules and diets.” 
According to a one article published in The Times of India3 dated 26 July 2013 titled “Spurt in lifestyle diseases among poor” – “There is a rapid increase of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among poor people and referring to these as a rich man's disease is a myth. Health experts say the causes for a rise in lifestyle ailments -- diabetes, hypertension and heart disease -- amongst the poor are more or less similar to those affecting the rich and middle-class, but in a different context. We think lifestyle diseases are associated only with upper or upper-middle class, but it is not so. Majority of people from the economically weaker sections eat junk food. Most of these people consume more of carbohydrates, are obese but malnourished, and always deprived of key nutrients. In the past 10 years, cases of heart ailments in the economically weaker sections have almost doubled.

As per IBN Live4 news “More Youth is suffering from heart disease” dated Sep 27, 2012, patients under the age of 40 have increased from 10 percent a decade ago to 30 percent today. "This is a distressing development... A drastic change in lifestyle and food habits is needed"

And does the change will work?

You may be right. Nothing will work in all cases—and nothing will work with all people. If you are satisfied with the results you are now getting, why change? If you are not satisfied, why not experiment?

And who will tell you that it is time to experiment?

Of course You. And The Only You. You know your body better than any other person on earth. Only you can listen to the signals from your body. The only thing needed is to acknowledge that signal and make corrective action for diet chart and diet plan.

And if you know its time for change, its time to experiment, then your own DIET KUNDALI may be a perfect step for you to begin with.

Live Healthy!


1. Publication: Mumbai Mirror ;Date: Jan 25, 2014;Section: You;Page: 30

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