Chandigarh: Chandigarh, the city beautiful is famous across the globe for its greenery, cleanliness, and sumptuous food. However, one of its main attractions “the Punjabi Food” has become a silent killer for its people. A recent study claimed that every second Chandigarh citizen is suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Dr GS Kalra, Director Cardiologist, Fortis, said, “Wong eating habits and sedentary lifestyleare the main cause of NAFLD. When a person eats a lot of calories and practices a sedentary lifestyle, excess fat starts accumulating in the body and liver being the favourite site suffers fatty liver. A majority of NAFLD patients are at risk for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a severe form of progressive liver disease that damages liver causing liver cirrhosis or liver cancer.To prevent such dietary disease, it is important to aware people about healthy dietary habits and Swastha Bharat Yatra is a welcome initiative in that direction”.
Swastha Bharat Yatra is an extension to of Eat right movement. Around, 750 cyclists are participating in the Yatra, who will pedal their way to Delhi spreading the messages of food fortification,food Safety, reduced intake of high salt, sugar and oil, and 1st 1000 days of nutrition.
The eating habits of Chandigarh citizens have not only predisposed them to liver disease, but also to the heart diseases, which has shown an up-going graph lately. Pollution has emerged as one of the major causes of heart disease contributing to 1 in every 5 deaths on account of heart disease. However, in the city where pollution levels are quite low, the cause of uprising of heart disease can be pinned down to wrong dietary habits and poor lifestyle choices.
Dr Kalra further added, “PGI has witnessed a 50% increase in cardiac patients. In India, people develop heart diseases at a relatively young age of 45 to 55 years in comparison to developed countries where heart disease is mostly seen in people aging 70 years and above. However, poor work-life balance, lack of dietary habits, sedentary lifestyle, and no habit of eating fruits and vegetables have affected the Indians in a big way. Now we are witnessing heart disease patients at the 30s and in some cases 20s.”
Dietary and lifestyle choices decide the overall health of a person. India has shown a rise in the non-communicable disease lately and PGI statistics on the heart diseases show that Chandigarh is also a handsome contributor to the uprising. Swastha Bharat Yatra is reaching Chandigarh on 27th December 2018, a perfect time to urge its citizens to adopt healthy eating and lifestyle habits.
A rich food culture often leaves people in the misconception that they are eating good food; however, people don’t realise that good food is not always healthy. The statistics on liver and heart disease are the witness to the fact that most of the Chandigarh citizens are not eating healthy food. It is the need of the hour that people educate themselves about healthy dietary and lifestyle habits because wrong eating habits may kill you.