Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan, presided over an inter-ministerial meet with Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to build a ‘whole of government’ approach to achieve ‘Vision 2050’ of the Eat Right India Movement.
The minister took note of the fact that the economic cost of foodborne diseases in India is estimated to be a whopping $15 billion.
“While wasting (21 per cent), underweight (36 per cent), stunting (38 per cent) are common among children; 50 per cent women and children are suffering from anemia; obesity prevalence has doubled in the decade (2005-2015) from 9.3 per cent to 18.6 per cent among males and from 12.6 per cent to 20.7 per cent among females with a corresponding rise in deaths due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Thus, to move from food security to nutrition security, the line ministries are expected to come together to form a common platform to determine common goals and strategy and synergize their actions accordingly,” said an official release issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Dr Harsh Vardhan, taking note of the alarming statistics, said: “Eat Right India and Fit India movement will prove to be game-changers in the health sector of the country. The results will be visible in the coming ten years. A systems-based approach can ensure food safety along with secure availability, promoting a healthy diet along with taking care of the environment through sustainable practices.”