71% of Indians Cannot Afford a Healthy Diet

Environmental News from India: 

More than 1.7 million Indians die every year due to diseases that can be attributed to dietary risk factors and weight levels, said the State of India’s Environment 2022: In Figures, the statistical compendium published every year by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

At least 42% of the world’s population cannot afford a healthy diet the figure is a huge 71% for India. It suggests that the diet of an average Indian does not contain enough fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains.

The report lists these diseases as respiratory ailments, diabetes, cancer, strokes and coronary heart disease. By dietary composition, it refers to diets low in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and diets high in processed meat, red meat, and sugary drinks; the weight levels it talks about refer to whether an individual is underweight, overweight or obese.

Food systems and practices exert an impact on the environment. According to the report, while milk production is responsible for the lion’s share of greenhouse gas emissions and land use, grains account for the biggest share of freshwater use, nitrogen and phosphorous applications.

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Source: India Today

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