Nutrition Week 2021: Know from experts, what is a balanced diet and why it is important for health
National Nutrition Week is celebrated every year on the first week of September. It is celebrated every year from 1st September to 7th September. It was first celebrated in the year 1975 in March. It was started by the American Dietetic Association. It was first celebrated in India in the year 1980. At the same time, since 1982, it is celebrated every year. This year's theme is "feeding smart right from start". Its main objective is to make people aware of a balanced and nutritious diet. Poshan Abhiyan has been started by the Government of India in the year 2018 to make people aware of nutrition. Come, let us know from the experts what is a balanced diet and why it is important for health-
Dr. G Prakash, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jindal Naturecure Institute said that National Nutrition Week, observed every year from 1st to 7th September, aims to spread awareness among people about health and better nutrition. 15% of the total diseases in India are due to malnutrition in the child and mother. Hence the mother needs to get proper nutrition to keep the babies well-nourished. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet throughout life leads to a good pregnancy outcome. Better nutrition helps maintain healthy body weight, supports normal growth, development, and aging in a normal way, and reduces the risk of chronic disease, leading to good overall health. Eating a balanced diet plays an important role in our lives to stay healthy and for this, it is necessary to have the right nutrition information. National Nutrition Week focuses on understanding the various diet and nutrition-related problems in different communities, monitoring the country's situation related to diet and nutrition, conducting operational research, and adopting appropriate techniques for planning and implementation of national nutrition programs. The objective of this program is to control and reduce nutritional problems through excellent research.
Dr. Shuchin Bajaj, Director, and Founder, Ujala Cygnus Group of Hospitals, said that undernutrition (undernutrition), overnutrition (hyper nutrition), or micro-nutrient (micronutrient) deficiency in India can be termed as non-nutritive, non-nutritive, non-nutritious, There is a problem of balanced (non-balanced) eating. Availability of nutritious food in the markets is equally important in motivating all sections of society to make the right choices. It has become the need of the hour to encourage and provide balanced and nutritious food for all of us especially women and newborn babies during the Coronavirus pandemic as these are the two sections that form the foundation of our society. Under the POSHAN Abhiyaan, the nutrition provided by modern scientific methods is being converted into a mass movement across the country. According to a UN report in 2017, India has 190.7 million malnourished people and 38.4% of children under five years of age in India are stunted and to tackle these serious problems we need to ensure that various nutritional schemes or The benefits of interventions should reach every section of the society so that the vulnerable population can get rid of the problems related to nutrition and contribute to the overall development of the country. Community organizations and service providers should be adequately accounted for nutritional deficiencies so that malnutrition in society can be quickly identified and addressed.
At the same time, Mr. Sameer Maheshwari, CEO, Healthkart, New Delhi said that this year's theme fits the nutritional inequality in the Indian context. Nutrition plays an important role in maintaining the psychological and physical health of any individual. Malnutrition resulting from nutritional deficiencies can often negatively affect a person's overall health. We have seen a systematic change in the country during the pandemic. Because preventive care is becoming more and more important. This is because people are becoming more aware of their health. Spreading awareness about taking care of yourself and leading a balanced life has made it even more important to address the nutritional disparity. According to a 2017 survey, 73% of Indians are deficient in protein and more than 90% are not aware of their daily protein requirement. While the consumption of protein in the world (average protein consumption per person per day is 68 grams) is increasing, the average protein consumption in India is the lowest at 47 grams per person per day. This is less than the requirement of 48 g/day recommended by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). For a healthy nation to move on the path of development, people must be healthy. Mothers producing healthy babies need to ensure better nutrition for the babies.