Monday, February 18, 2013

Issue of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

  • non-infectious and non-transmissible among people 
Leads to
  • morbidity(diseased state of individual) and premature deaths 
  • most common in low and middle income countries

NCDs mainly includes
  • diabetes
  • hypertension
  • high cholesterol and 
  • a high body mass index.
epicentre -->India

  • weak public health policies and changing lifestyles 
  • consumption of tobacco, alcohol, and ultra-processed food and drink
Current status:
  • tobacco and alcohol are receiving close scrutiny(picture of cancer on tobacco products,etc.) 
  • BUT the role of ultra-processed packaged food is not getting the attention  
  • poor regulation of unhealthy food
What can be done:
  • use taxation, labelling and awareness creation to make high-energy, low nutrition foods unattractive to the consumer. 
  • policy intervention, and consumption of wholesome, fresh meals high in vegetable and fruit content must be encouraged

1 comment:

  1. its actually foods with poor nutrition or calorie dense food rather than low nutrition foods........... nice topic ..
    and i am taking care of labeling and awareness issue to make healthy food choices attractive to consumer :)