Okhla mother calls to join fight against junk food
OT, December 22, 2011 13:26 IST
The biggest hardship I face is to convince my young child not to take junk food. He is so much hooked to it that whenever he goes out he always insists on buying a packet of chips or carbonated drink for himself. Despite understanding the harm of junk food, I am unable to keep him away from it for long.
The debilitating impact of junk food on child health is well documented. It leads to obesity and other diseases related to it. Even health experts agree to it. The use of preservatives in the food harms the most. The problem arises when food processing companies add chemicals to enhance shelf life of food and also its taste. It is cooked or packed in such a way that children get addicted to it. At times even adults get hooked to it. Despite all these drawbacks, the government has not taken any steps to ban it or stop its sale in and around school premises.
However, there are some rays of hope in the fight against junk food with a New Delhi-based NGO filing a PIL in the Delhi High Court demanding a ban on its sales in schools. The hearing is going on and the movement too is getting support with a few students visiting the court on December 21. They expressed their deep concern over the selling of junk food in schools and demanded its ban. Some private schools in Delhi have already taken positive steps to ban junk food in schools.
This is a positive development and we hope that the court will also take a positive step. Such development will certainly save our children from the negative health impact of junk food.
Other than this we also need to make concerted efforts to develop healthy eating habits among our child. The tradition foods like rice and wheat have a lot of nutritious values and Indians have been consuming it for many centuries. And there is no reason for dumping it and rushing to fast food chains that of late have mushroomed in New Delhi and across the country.
Let's join the fight against junk food so that our children and grandchildren grow up free of diseases like obesity and abdominal abnormalities.
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