|Navdanya Launches Yuva Anna Swaraj on Children’s Day on Freedom from junk food|
India is a young country. But our children and youth are being denied their right to a healthy future through the spread of junk food/fake food/toxic food
On Children’s Day 2015, Navdanya is launching a campaign on Children’s Right to Healthy Food (Yuva Anna Swaraj)
Junk Food vs Healthy Alternatives
According to the centre for Disease Control and prevention (CDC), obesity in adults has increased 60 % for the last twenty years, and obesity amongst children has tripled in the past thirty years.
“McNuggets (190 calories, 12 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat for 4 pieces) contain the chemical preservative tBHQ, tertiary butyl-hydroquinone, a petroleum-based product.
Obesity and diabetes accounted for more than 50 per cent of all deaths childen & adult in India in 2005; by 2030, they will kill two-thirds of all Indians.
The latest National Family Health Survey (2005-06) says at least one in every eight Indian is overweight or obese.
With the Delhi High Court’s ruling 2015, the FSSAI has drafted guidelines have also suggested creation of a canteen policy and school health education programmes to make students and parents aware of the ill-effects of unhealthy food habits. It also proposes to restrict sale or availability of food which are high in fat, salt or sugar content within 50 metres of schools' premises. This includes food like chips, ready-to-eat noodles, pizzas, burgers, sugar-sweetened carbonated and non-carbonated drinks, potato fries (commonly called French fries) and confectionery items.
In protecting our Youth, we invite young people to join the Yuva Anna Swaraj movement, and take a pledge of freedom from junk and toxic food, by shifting to healthy and organic food . Let us work together to make young India a healthy India.