Here is a shocking statistic from the NFHS4 (National Family Health Survey) –
“Only 11.6% children (breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding) of 6-23 months of age receive an adequate diet.”
“The combination of high stunting, wasting and poor IYCF (Infant and young child feeding) stem from multiple deprivations and chronic malnutrition continues to be the dominant epidemiological concern”
Let’s rephrase the first sentence to say the truth plainly –
“India is a country where about 90 percent of the children under the age of 2 do not receive proper food or nourishment.” Jai Hind. Mera Bharat Mahaan. Bharat Mata Ki Jai.
Shameful! Chulloo bhar paani mein doob maro. That’s for the people whose chest swells with pride when we speak of our country.
For the others, there is no shame. It is sadness. It is helplessness. It’s a desire to set it right. And a sense of urgency to act.
Where are we going wrong? Why are we allowing this mammoth tragedy to continue? What needs to be done to solve this?
Conditions like stunting, if not checked and reversed by the time the child is about 2 years old, tend to be a lifelong, irreversible problem.
Why are we condemning an entire future generation this way? Where are our priorities? Why is not 20 percent of the union budget (and not less than 1%) allocated to child and maternal health? Is this not the single biggest issue that faces us?
Read more here – and cry – https://indianpediatrics.net/aug2018/653.pdf
The big health interventions I have been experimenting with for the last 5 years have been cyclic ketogenic diets initially for a couple of years and then I added intermittent fasting and OMAD (One Meal A Day) to the mix. Plus a nice dose of HIRT (High Intensity Resistance Training).
It’s been a wonderful journey. The results have been amazing. I have put on a lot of muscle. I am stronger and fitter than I have ever been. I do not get tired even after 14 hour work days (which is almost every day). Better mood, near perfect blood work, flat abs, lots and lots of energy.
I also dreamed up hundreds of tasty, “Indian” keto friendly food recipes. And my keto food is really really yum!
I have combined these practices with extensive supplementation (this is essential with keto. Without extensive supplementation, people on keto risk serious, long term, chronic, irreversible, nasty health conditions – osteoporosis anyone?).
I created my own supplementation regime and my own supplements by mixing a lot of different (over 40) raw/organic ingredients.
I have not tried off label metformin and this has been on my list for a while. But this article by Dr Jason Fung seems to suggest that it may not be necessary. I will wait a couple more years and dig more into the research before hitting this one!
Here is a very interesting thing I read in this article I refer to in this post – “The body’s metabolism adapts to low nutrition in early life, and later, a high carbohydrate diet gives rise to higher fat deposition especially in the abdomen”
I am inclined to agree.
I do not believe that the South Asian male is genetically predisposed to abdominal fat accumulation or that he is genetically predisposed to heart disease or that he is predisposed to it’s key risk factors.
The poor nutritional status of mothers in South Asia, the poor nutritional status of children under the age of five, the carbohydrate heavy and protein poor adult diets, the widespread micronutrient deficiencies. Each of these and more are the major contributors to high rates of abdominal obesity, visceral fat, heart disease and diabetes in India.
Let’s not blame poor genetics. Let’s also not start hunting for a “new normal” and use the existing poor health indicators to establish a lower “South Asian” baseline.
Our children will grow to be just as healthy, fit, strong, tall and athletic as their Caucasian counterparts. If their mothers were healthy and so they had good birth weight, if they had adequate and diverse nutrition in early childhood and ate a nutrient rich and balanced diet as teenagers and adults.
Here is the link to the article. Some of which I agree with and much that I do not – https://www.theweek.in/health/cover/2018/08/11/diet-and-the-indian-heart.html