Diabetes a result of our Food Preferences

Everyone is aware that India is at the cusp of a Diabetes Epidemic. A lot of effort needs to be put in by all individuals, government agencies and other health care bodies to address this major issue in front of us. But are we doing enough or in our schools, offices or at home? I think not. Still the same junk food is available in school canteens, office canteens. Even at homes, our kitchens are being invaded by noodles, colas, biscuits, namkeens etc.

Although an apple a day keeps doctor away was taught to all of us when we are young but we all have forgotten it and don’t prefer to have that apple. Instead we all prefer to have chat, samosa, pakoras or bhatura chola as evening snack. What has changed all of us? Although we all are aware of the ill effects of this but somehow ignore it to satisfy our taste buds. In fact when my kid started going to school guest lecture was that by a child nutritionist and she emphasized on food items that kids should avoid to keep problems like obesity and diabetes at bay (yes even children are suffering from Diabetes nowadays).

This lecture was organized by the school hoping to give some lesson to children and their parents. But later on the same school administration organized a fest and all the stalls in the fest just had plain junk food and no healthy food options et all. Anyway may be we can say that people in a party would like to enjoy their meals and satisfy their taste buds and not concentrate on the health foods but the same school also sent a Fast Food Chain’s 50% coupon in every kid’s almanac sending mixed signals. If that is the culture schools want to promote then how can Parents stop children from eating junk food.

Talking about offices, all the offices nowadays want to increase productivity of their workers but what exactly do people get in their canteens? Samosas, Burgers, Patties and other fried stuff. Does this stuff actually help office goers increase their efficiency? Does this food make people think fast after they have it or does it make them feel heavy and drowsy? I don’t think any of the office administration guy has ever thought about these issues. Why can’t offices do a complete makeover of their canteens and not only help their employees be more productive and efficient but at the same time also gain from increased productivity.

Is it just the laziness or attitude problem. I think some out of box thinking is required to solve these problems. No one can say that healthy snack options are expensive or are difficult to make or can’t be made available hygienically. I think some restaurants have started serving calorie counted meals but is that enough or does that require a mindset change of people. I am leaving readers of this blog with some unsolved questions and would love to hear from them their thoughts.