We all wish to be healthy. To see our children, grow strong and happy. But all over the world, millions of people-both young and old-are being afflicted by non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, blood pressure, heart diseases or cancer. These silent killers are depriving people of a healthy life in the most productive years of their lives.
In India alone, the levels of obesity have doubled in the last decade. One out of four Indians are at a risk of dying from one of these non-communicable diseases. The numbers are alarming! However, what is heartening to know is that 80 percent of the heart diseases and diabetes can be averted through - simple lifestyle modifications and by consuming nutritionally balanced diet.
I support the FSSAI's initiative of reducing the consumption of foods high in fat, sugar and salt. As these foods if consumed in excess for a long period of time can lead to severe health complications. I also encourage all the Indians to start making simple dietary modifications in their daily diets like gradually reducing the amount of salt and oil in your daily cooking, avoiding sprinkling of salt over salads and fruits, eating sweets in moderation and also engaging in any form of exercise for atleast 30 minutes per day for a healthy life.
We cannot sit by and allow our current and future generations to be afflicted by this largely avoidable threat. The time to act is now! We can all make small changes in our diet and our lifestyle for a better future.
I feel honored and very inspired to have joined the Eat Right India envisaged by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) under the aegis of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Let's all join hands together and begin an Eat Right Movement to fight and win the battle against NCDs. Together we can motivate each other to promote healthy lives for a better future of our country.
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