Diabetes Alarm: Himachal NGO for ban on fast food canteens in schools

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Shimla: Alarmed by the rising number of diabetes patients, Ashadeep, an NGO, has asked for banning fast food canteens in and around schools as it was leading to obesity among children that could lead to early onset of the disease.

Talking to the media Sushil Tanwar, president Ashadeep said, “diabetes, a lifestyle disease, was increasing among the residents, it was in the best interest of health administrators to urge school authorities and the state government to ban fast food in campus canteens and those operating within 100 meters of school premises.”

Diabetes specialist at IGMC, Jitinder Mokta, who was present on the occasion said factors like poor eating habits, lifestyle changes, sedentary life, and obesity, was contributing to the spread of the disease.

Urging women folk to inculcate healthy food eating habits amongst children and the family, he warned that diabetes was spreading in urban and rural areas of developing countries.

Emphasizing the need for screening tests are age of 40, he said that urbanized eating habits even in rural and remote areas was adding to bad food habits mainly among children leading to bad food habits.

Obesity is one of the most contributing factors leading to hypertension, coronary heart diseases and diabetes, he said.

Editor-Reporter with Hill Post, Ravinder Makhaik as a journalist has for over two decades worked for India’s leading newspapers and television networks.

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