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Schools to have nutrition meters

Say goodbye to pizza, burger and aerated drinks! Welcome the traditional Indian delicacies in school canteens that will also have, in addition, nutrition meters to gauge the child?s health based on diet.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 14:42 IST

Say goodbye to pizza, burger and aerated drinks! Welcome the traditional Indian delicacies in school canteens that will also have, in addition, nutrition meters to gauge the child’s health based on diet.

The Union Ministry for Women and Child Development has come out with this prescription for schools in Delhi and other urban areas to check the problem of obesity and calcium deficiency among kids.

“In this way, we can create awareness about healthy Indian food in schools,” Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury told HT.

The measure has been prompted by a recent study conducted by the American Association of Osteoporosis. Quoting the study, officials say that about 35.5 per cent children in Delhi’s top schools suffer from varying degrees of calcium deficiency.

The cause for this calcium deficiency is the high intake of junk food. It was found that 12 per cent of the children eat junk food in school canteens and 47 per cent consume at least one bottle of aerated drink every day. The study also observed the high rate of obesity.

7.5 per cent of the 3,000 kids examined in Delhi were found to be obese and 23 per cent of them were found grossly over-weight. “You can understand the problem as 82 per cent of the population is below 18 years of age,” she observed.

SMART BOX

Health check
 • Nutrition meter to be handled by the teacher
 • To prevent obesity/calcium deficiency among kids 
 • Measure prompted by a study that found high calcium deficiency in  
  schoolgoing children in urban India, especially in Delhi 
 • Self-help groups may supply food to school canteens