By Neha Sethi, Nazia Jafri and Kinley Tshering
According to the National Family Health Survey conducted in 2005-06, about 33.1 percent of
Doctor Atul Shardhana, a consultant pediatric surgeon at Kolmet hospital in
While obesity is caused due to improper diet, malnutrition is mainly caused due to insufficient food consumption. But both these diseases are ironically clubbed under the same group-malnourishment. Doctor Gitu, a
What many ignore is the eating habits. While the poor section do not have enough to eat, it seems the wealthier have not been eating well either. “
The repercussions of obesity and malnutrition are grave on the public health as both the diseases are known to be life threatening. Obesity leads to secondary problems which are now called metabolic syndrome that includes type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular risks and cerebral risks to name a few.
While many attribute this parallel of under nutrition and obesity to
“One of the most important reasons for this is the inequality of income which exists in
Struck in this ironical situation, which disease should be given more priority as it concerns the health of two different section of the Indian population?“Malnutrition is the graver of the two। Obesity is a problem but it comes from a society who can contain the disease on their own. But malnutrition affects a huge number of people who has no access to improving their malnourishment,” adds Professor Ashraf.