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Inadequate protein pattern in diet

As the Government continues to initiate various programmes to meet nutrition deficiency-related issues, the Indian Dietician Association revealed that Indian diet has 50 per cent inadequate protein pattern. The fact, also supported by the Protein Foods Nutrition Development Association of India, makes it necessary for people to have extra intake of protein-related food since vegetarian diets alone would not fulfill the protein requirement of the body. According to experts, the issue is a matter of concern as pregnant women would not be able to achieve optimal protein intake with exclusively vegetarian diets until they add milk to the diet. “Proteins from different sources complement each other. Even with a ratio of 5:1 cereals and pulses combination, the protein quality in terms of digestibility and bio-availability is only around 65 per cent when compared to milk protein,” said B Sesikeran, a pathologist. According to experts, Indians lack awareness about good quality sources of protein.

We are prone to rare genetic diseases

People living in India and other South Asian countries are vulnerable to rare genetic diseases, according to a genomic analysis that may help detect and prevent population-specific disorders. Several diseases specific to South Asian populations had been identified in the past, but the genetic causes of the vast majority remained largely mysterious. The study, led by Harvard Medical School in the US and the CSIR — Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad, reveals that so-called founder events — in which a small number of ancestors give rise to many descendants — significantly contributed to high rates of population-specific, recessive diseases in the region.

Social mediamaking youths anxious

Research from anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label suggests social media is making youngsters more anxious. Forty per cent said they felt bad if nobody liked their selfie and 35 per cent said their confidence was directly linked to the number of followers they had. One in three said they lived in fear of cyber-bullying, with appearance cited as the most likely topic for abuse. One expert said children were growing up in “a culture of antagonism”. The survey, of more than 10,000 young people aged 12 to 20, suggested that cyber-bullying is widespread, with nearly 70 per cent of youngsters admitting to being abusive towards another person online and 17 per cent claiming to have been bullied online. Nearly half (47 per cent) said they wouldn’t discuss bad things in their lives on social media and many offered only an edited version of their lives.




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