Opinion: Say No To Junks – Healthy Lifestyle And Healthy Eating

Opinion: Say No To Junks – Healthy Lifestyle And Healthy Eating

People who adopt a healthy lifestyle especially from the very beginning live healthier, happier and longer lives than those with unhealthy lifestyles such as unbalanced and poor diet
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Opinion: Say No To Junks - Healthy Lifestyle And Healthy EatingNutrition is the most important aspect of a healthy lifestyle

There is no doubt that “Health is wealth”. Health is not the mere absence of disease. It is a state of physical, mental, social, spiritual, environmental, and financial well-being. Healthy habits make a big difference in the achievement of health. People who adopt a healthy lifestyle especially from the very beginning live healthier, happier and longer lives than those with unhealthy lifestyles such as unbalanced poor diet, inactive sedentary habits, obesity, smoking, drinking and other intoxicants are more likely to die prematurely from obesity, heart problems, stroke, diabetes complications, cancers and other diseases.

Also Read: India Is Home To The World’s Most Wasted Children, As Per The Global Hunger Index 2020

What Is A Healthy Lifestyle?

Prevention is better than cure. A healthy lifestyle includes:

1. Healthy diet

2. Healthy physical activity

3. Healthy (normal range) body weight

4. Adequate restful sleep

5. No indulgence in smoking drinking or substance abuse

Opinion: Say No To Junks - Healthy Lifestyle And Healthy Eating
Five essentials of a healthy lifestyle

Whenever we talk of planning anything, our thoughts go to the foundation which must be strong and so we must have a strong foundation lasting a century. The foundation of good health is laid in the womb of the pregnant mother and the mother must be provided good healthy nutrition and a stress-free environment. The First 1000 days of life (270 days in the womb of the mother and two years after birth) are most crucial and must be given cognizance. Optimum feeding which means exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continued breastfeeding with homemade nutritious food from the family pot up to two years or even beyond is the mantra for laying the healthy foundation.

Also Read: Opinion: The Economic Cost Of Not Breastfeeding On Human Capital Development And Health Systems In India

Nutrition is the most important aspect of a healthy lifestyle and will be considered in some detail. “Healthy mind in healthy body” or “You are what you eat” are true aphorisms even today.

Junk Foods And Health

Fast foods are designed for ever-ready availability, use, or consumption with hardly any consideration for healthy qualities. Junk foods are unhealthy foods that may be deficient in proteins, vitamins, minerals dietary fiber and loaded with high fats, salts and sugars, and calories (HFSS is WHO term), harmful additives, preservatives, and coloring agents. These foods (packaged or not) are well known to cause obesity and non-communicable diseases.

Also Read: Opinion: Benefits Of Breastfeeding For Mother And Child And How We Can Promote And Support It

Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) has specially coined a new term (acronym) JUNCS (quite resembling the old term junk) with a very expressive and inclusive meaning:

J: Junk foods

U: Ultra-processed foods

N: Nutritionally inappropriate foods

C: Caffeinated, colored, carbonated foods and beverages

S: Sugar-sweetened beverages.

Opinion: Say No To Junks - Healthy Lifestyle And Healthy Eating
Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) has specially coined a new term (acronym) JUNCS

Why Junk Foods Are Becoming Popular?

Many factors especially, it is now fashionable for the youth of today to eat out and to show it off. Fast urbanisation, burgeoning middle class, both parents working, wrong role model parents, always willing to eat out as a family, nuclear families lacking care of the grandparents increase in the number of working moms, youth and adolescents inclined to experiment and media influence.

Also Read: Opinion: Importance Of Maternal Nutrition And Its Inter-generational Impact

Healthy Living: How To Avoid JUNCS

  1. Parents or caretakers should never offer junk food as a reward or gift to the children.
  2. Don’t opt for junk food more than once a week or at least reduce the quantity.
  3. Don’t watch TV or mobile phone when eating food.
  4. Eliminate trans-fats and reduce free sugars to less than 5 per cent of the total calories.
  5. Freshly cooked home food with minimal addition of sugar, salt and saturated fats.
  6. Energy drinks are not intended for children and adolescents and not recommended before and after strenuous activity.
  7. Water should be the main drink for quenching the thirst.
  8. No fruit juices recommended before one year of age. Encourage intake of local or regional fruits.
  9. Coffee should be completely restricted until five years of life.

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What Is Healthy Eating?

It practically means avoiding fast fatty foods like pizzas, pasta, burgers, fries and other junk foods, and sugar-sweetened drinks as these are rich in calories, fats, sodium, preservatives, and additives. Ensure a balanced diet by including all groups of food like cereals, pulses, roots, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, tubers, milk and milk products, eggs or meat in moderation and oils, fats, sugars sparingly and anything that provides us the required nutrients for every day. Please ensure three meals a day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But breakfast is most important; it should be eaten like a king and not taken hurriedly. Try never missing the breakfast.

Any homemade food lovingly prepared with self-selected fresh and natural ingredients with all the nutrients in a loving company is the best. Avoid nagging discussions while enjoying the family or friendly mealtimes. No screen watching while enjoying meals. Let, us, all promote a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating through health education and literacy in the community. Governments should also ensure the manufacture and sale of healthy foods.

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About the author: Dr. V. K. Ahuja, Past President, Breastfeeding Promotion Network Of India, Sangrur. Dr. Ahuja is also the Past Vice President of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), Punjab.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

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World

9,44,80,918Cases
4,04,55,265Active
5,20,03,739Recovered
20,21,914Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 191 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 9,44,80,918 and 20,21,914 have died; 4,04,55,265 are active cases and 5,20,03,739 have recovered as on January 17, 2021 at 4:06 am.

India

1,05,57,985 15144Cases
2,08,826 -2207Active
1,01,96,885 17170Recovered
1,52,274 181Deaths
In India, there are 1,05,57,985 confirmed cases including 1,52,274 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,08,826 and 1,01,96,885 have recovered as on January 17, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Mumbai45,478
Thane13,660
Pune9,920
Mumbai Suburban5,363
Aurangabad1,974
Nashik1,575
Raigad1,462
Palghar1,421
Solapur1,291
Jalgaon1,039
Akola757
Nagpur692
Kolhapur646
Satara629
Ratnagiri350
Amravati291
Dhule228
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Ahmednagar190
Nanded176
Yavatmal150
Sangli145
Latur139
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Buldhana88
Parbhani78
gondia69
Beed54
Nandurbar42
Gadchiroli42
Bhandara41
Chandrapur32
Washim13
Wardha11

19,87,678 2,910

53,163 181

18,84,127 3,039

50,388 52

DistrictCases
Udupi1,176
Kalaburagi669
Yadgir538
Bengaluru Urban529
Raichur369
Mandya346
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Hassan205
Davangere204
Vijayapura201
Dakshina Kannada179
Chikkaballapura149
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Uttara Kannada95
Shivamogga67
Dharwad61
Ballari60
Gadag45
Bengaluru Rural40
Tumakuru36
Kolar29
Haveri24
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Koppal5
Kodagu4
Ramanagara3
Chamarajanagara0

9,31,252 584

8,713 96

9,10,377 676

12,162 4

DistrictCases
Kurnool795
Krishna557
Guntur511
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Chittoor319
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Y.S.R.205
West Godavari199
Srikakulam183
Prakasam104
Visakhapatnam103
Vizianagaram23

8,85,824 114

1,987 212

8,76,698 326

7,139

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kasaragod333
Palakkad224
Malappuram119
Kollam118
Thrissur106
Thiruvananthapuram104
Pathanamthitta98
Kozhikode90
Alappuzha76
Kottayam73
Ernakulam60
Idukki40
Wayanad36

8,42,843 5,960

68,633 922

7,70,768 5,011

3,442 27

DistrictCases
Chennai23,324
Chengalpattu1,314
Thiruvallur774
Villupuram509
Kanchipuram503
Tiruvannamalai496
Cuddalore477
Ariyalur444
Tirunelveli433
Tuticorin333
Kallakurichi324
Madurai322
Salem258
Coimbatore188
Virudhunagar185
Dindigul175
Perambalur133
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Ramanathapuram119
Tiruppur116
Kanniyakumari110
Tenkasi103
Nagapattinam99
Karur88
Namakkal83
Erode75
Vellore71
Thiruvarur67
Pudukkottai53
Sivaganga46
Tirupathur45
Krishnagiri43
The Nilgiris17
Dharmapuri15

8,30,183 610

6,128 171

8,11,798 775

12,257 6

DistrictCases
North West5,463
Central4,817
West4,768
New Delhi3,405
North3,059
East2,472
South East2,446
South West2,391
South2,329
North East1,914
Shahdara1,580

6,32,183 299

2,691 104

6,18,754 397

10,738 6

DistrictCases
Gautam Buddha Nagar1,119
Agra933
Ghaziabad794
Meerut504
Lucknow386
Saharanpur298
Kanpur Nagar286
Moradabad252
Varanasi243
Hapur225
Aligarh215
Basti214
Amethi206
Rampur203
Jaunpur194
Firozabad190
Barabanki168
Gorakhpur166
Bulandshahr166
Siddharth Nagar159
Ghazipur159
Bijnor157
Deoria143
Azamgarh138
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Mathura129
Ayodhya120
Muzaffarnagar117
Sambhal116
Sultanpur97
Ambedkar Nagar92
Maharajganj85
Amroha80
Rae Bareli78
Bahraich73
Kheri72
Kannauj69
Baghpat68
Kushi Nagar67
Bhadohi60
Ballia60
Gonda59
Etah52
Hardoi49
Balrampur49
Mau48
Mainpuri46
Etawah46
Hathras43
Unnao42
Jalaun41
Jhansi41
Shamli40
Chandauli38
Auraiya37
Farrukhabad36
Sitapur32
Prayagraj30
Banda27
Shahjahanpur25
Shravasti23
Budaun23
Mirzapur22
Bareilly17
Kasganj16
Pratapgarh15
Pilibhit15
Sonbhadra10
Kaushambi6
Kanpur Dehat4
Chitrakoot4
Lalitpur3
Hamirpur3
Mahoba3
Fatehpur3

5,96,137 523

9,162 419

5,78,405 930

8,570 12

DistrictCases
Kolkata2,777
Howrah1,435
24 Paraganas North1,031
Hooghly604
24 Paraganas South281
Maldah235
Dinajpur Uttar216
Coochbehar210
Birbhum206
Medinipur West159
Medinipur East153
Nadia139
Purba Bardhaman130
Murshidabad125
Bankura116
Darjeeling97
Jalpaiguri88
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purulia66
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Alipurduar39
Kalimpong18
Jhargram9

5,64,707 609

7,151 72

5,47,515 666

10,041 15

DistrictCases
Ganjam581
Jajapur322
Khordha238
Baleshwar190
Kendrapara164
Cuttack155
Bhadrak137
Balangir129
Puri103
Sundargarh102
Jagatsinghapur91
Nayagarh86
Mayurbhanj73
Nuapada69
Gajapati61
Dhenkanal36
Boudh34
Kendujhar34
Deogarh33
Kalahandi33
Sonepur29
Kandhamal28
Anugul26
Malkangiri20
Bargarh16
Koraput16
Sambalpur16
Jharsuguda8
Nabarangpur2
Rayagada2

3,33,127 178

1,910 53

3,29,318 230

1,899 1

DistrictCases
Jaipur2,177
Jodhpur1,748
Udaipur724
Bharatpur563
Kota503
Nagaur500
Ajmer379
Dungarpur374
Pali352
Jhalawar329
Bhilwara250
Sikar231
Chittorgarh188
Tonk171
Jalore164
Rajsamand140
Sirohi130
Bikaner112
Banswara91
Alwar90
Churu81
Jhunjhunu64
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Baran59
Jaisalmer53
Barmer34
Hanumangarh31
SawaiMadhopur26
Karauli17
Pratapgarh14
Ganganagar8
Bundi5

3,14,920 238

5,286 322

3,06,888 558

2,746 2

DistrictCases
Bilaspur100
Korba100
Mungeli87
Baloda Bazar85
Jashpur77
Janjgir-Champa56
Mahasamund54
Rajnandgaon52
Kabirdham52
Raigarh47
Raipur46
Balod41
Korea39
Durg31
Bemetara21
Kanker19
Balrampur17
Surguja14
Gariyaband10
Surajpur9
Dhamtari6
Bijapur2
Bastar2
Dantewada0
Kondagaon0
Narayanpur0
Sukma0

2,93,178 566

6,867 56

2,82,760 615

3,551 7

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2,475
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Jagitial77
Nizamabad76
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Mancherial43
YadadriBhuvanagiri40
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Vikarabad40
Nalgonda33
Warangal Urban32
Mahabubnagar30
Sangareddy26
Khammam26
Adilabad22
Nirmal21
Karimnagar17
RajannaSircilla16
Medak11
Kamareddy11
Mahabubabad10
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Nagarkurnool8
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Jangoan8
Siddipet7
Peddapalli5
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Warangal Rural4
Mulugu3
Narayanpet3
Wanaparthy1

2,91,666 299

4,191 82

2,85,898 379

1,577 2

DistrictCases
Gurugram2,950
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Rohtak145
Palwal120
Jhajjar114
Karnal104
Hisar98
Ambala93
Panipat78
Nuh68
Bhiwani60
Rewari56
Kurukshetra55
Sirsa50
Kaithal48
Mahendragarh47
CharkiDadri43
Panchkula39
Fatehabad38
Jind38
Yamunanagar19

2,66,131 167

2,129 55

2,61,019 218

2,983 4

DistrictCases
Patna279
Bhagalpur266
Rohtas256
Khagaria253
Begusarai243
Madhubani199
Munger188
Jehanabad178
Katihar175
Darbhanga143
Samastipur139
Siwan139
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Banka134
Buxar134
Nalanda123
Gopalganj123
Nawada122
Sheikhpura118
Gaya115
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Bhojpur103
Saran101
Muzaffarpur96
Saharsa88
Supaul87
Vaishali87
Madhepura82
Kishanganj75
Aurangabad75
Sitamarhi73
Lakhisarai72
Araria68
Pashchim Champaran57
Arwal52
Jamui47
Sheohar20

2,57,474 281

4,046 66

2,51,975 343

1,453 4

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17,125
Surat2,311
Vadodara1,555
Gandhinagar410
Mahesana159
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Rajkot135
Arvalli134
Mahisagar125
Anand107
PanchMahals107
Patan105
SabarKantha101
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Jamnagar63
Bharuch56
Botad55
Surendranagar55
Valsad47
GirSomnath45
Dohad43
Chhotaudepur37
Naysari35
Junagadh31
Narmada25
DevbhumiDwarka22
Amreli16
Porbandar11
Tapi6
Dang5
Morbi4

2,55,354 505

6,588 262

2,44,403 764

4,363 3

DistrictCases
Indore3,839
Bhopal1,880
Ujjain799
Burhanpur351
Neemuch319
Jabalpur276
East Nimar266
Sagar228
Gwalior211
Khargone196
Dewas140
Dhar132
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Bhind87
Raisen71
Barwani60
Ratlam51
Rewa39
Shajapur39
Hoshangabad37
Vidisha37
Chhatarpur35
Betul35
Rajgarh31
Dindori29
Sheopur26
Damoh26
Satna24
Anuppur22
Panna20
Tikamgarh18
Sidhi17
Narsinghpur17
Chhindwara16
Agar Malwa15
Mandla15
Shivpuri15
Jhabua14
Shandol14
Singrauli13
Ashoknagar13
Datia12
Sehore12
Umaria10
Balaghat9
Guna8
Harda4
Alirajpur3
Katni3
Seoni2
Niwari0

2,51,223 365

6,524 433

2,40,948 793

3,751 5

DistrictCases
Kamrup Metro276
Golaghat203
Nagaon143
Hojai89
Dima Hasao86
Karimganj85
Tinsukia84
Cachar80
Dibrugarh61
Hailakandi57
Lakhimpur57
Marigaon50
Dhemaji47
Kamrup42
Kokrajhar37
Dhubri30
Charaideo29
Barpeta28
Udalguri28
Sonitpur27
Jorhat24
Nalbari23
Darrang20
Sivasagar20
Goalpara19
Biswanath16
Baksa14
KarbiAnglong13
Bongaigaon12
Chirang6
West KarbiAnglong5
South SalmaraMancachar4
Majuli2

2,16,809 32

2,930 33

2,12,809 61

1,070 4

DistrictCases
Amritsar485
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Tarn Taran163
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
S.A.S Nagar137
Patiala132
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Pathankot86
Rupnagar (Ropar)74
Faridkot74
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Moga65
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Firozepur50
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Barnala25

1,70,366 175

2,578 161

1,62,289 322

5,499 14

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Srinagar300
Kulgam295
Baramulla271
Shopian255
Kupwara231
Bandipora175
Udhampur155
Ramban151
Jammu138
Budgam110
Pulwama108
Kathua53
Rajouri39
Ganderbal37
Poonch35
Doda27
Reasi26
Samba25
Kishtwar10
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0

1,23,217 109

1,280 148

1,20,016 256

1,921 1

DistrictCases
East Singhbum170
Ranchi148
Hazaribagh110
Garhwa80
Ramgarh75
Koderma58
Simdega48
Dhanbad32
Gumla28
Palamu27
West Singhbhum21
SaraikelaKharsawan20
Giridih19
Bokaro16
Latehar14
Khunti10
Lohardaga8
Deoghar5
Dumka5
Pakur4
Jamtara2
Godda2
Chatra1
Sahebganj0

1,17,599 119

1,249 40

1,15,300 158

1,050 1

DistrictCases
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Tehri Garhwal110
Haridwar94
Udam Singh Nagar83
Almora71
Champawat45
Pithoragarh43
Chamoli36
PauriGarhwal36
Bageshwar31
Rudraprayag30
Uttar Kashi24

94,691 226

2,349 57

90,736 279

1,606 4

DistrictCases
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Una41
Solan32
Chamba29
Bilaspur21
Mandi21
Sirmaur11
Shimla10
Kullu4
Kinnaur2
Lahaul And Spiti0

56,873 71

755 12

55,154 82

964 1

DistrictCases
South Goa69
North Goa57

52,345 83

877 11

50,712 69

756 3

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Mahe4
Karaikal2
Yanam0

38,611 16

286 8

37,683 22

642 2

DistrictCases
Dhalai196
Sepahijala174
Gomati74
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45
Khowai24
North Tripura14

33,331 2

38 3

32,902 5

391

DistrictCases
Churachandpur32
Kangpokpi26
Imphal West21
Thoubal18
Imphal East10
Tengnoupal9
Bishnupur7
Senapati6
Chandel5
Kamjong5
Ukhrul4
Jiribam3
Pherzawl3
Kakching2
Tamenglong2
Noney1

28,835 24

380 56

28,089 79

366 1

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

20,503 39

238 28

19,935 67

330

DistrictCases
Changlang31
Papum Pare8
Lohit3
Namsai2
West Siang1
East Siang1
Upper Siang1
Tawang1
PakkeKessang1
West Kameng0
Upper Subansiri0
Tirap0
Siang0
Shi Yomi0
Anjaw0
Lower Subansiri0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Longding0
Leparada0
KurungKumey0
KraDaadi0
Kamle0
East Kameng0
Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0

16,808 6

62 2

16,690 8

56

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
West Garo Hills5
South West Garo Hills4
North Garo Hills1
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Khasi Hills0

13,693 2

148 13

13,401 15

144

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Mon8
Kohima7
Kiphire3
Tuensang3
Peren2
Phek1
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

12,054 15

117 13

11,849 2

88

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

9,649 1

93 11

9,428 12

128

DistrictCases
East District3
South District3
North District0
West District0

6,029 5

158 5

5,741 10

130

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

4,982 3

25 3

4,895

62

DistrictCases
Kolasib11
Aizawl10
Mamit8
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Saitual1
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Saiha0
Serchhip0

4,322 8

85 5

4,228 3

9

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

3,388

9 0

3,377

2

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

0

0 0

0

0

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Preliminary findings by scientists at Public Health England (PHE) showed that reinfections in people who have COVID-19 antibodies from a past infection are rare - with only 44 cases found among 6,614 previously infected people in the study