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Why waste time on food?

For most of the students appearing for their board exams meals are not a priority even when they know that it will effect their performance.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 12:03 IST
Smitha Verma
Smitha Verma

There is an almost eerie silence in the house. It’s past 4pm and Aditi is struggling to finish her Physics chapter before she can take time out for a late lunch. Rishabh bites into his sandwich, not letting go of his History textbook. “Why waste time on food?” he asks.

Even Though experts warn that erratic eating schedules may affect performance during exams, most students appearing for their board exams meals are not a priority. Even parents do not interfere with their eating habits. For most kids sticking to their study schedule is more important.

Says Shreya of Gyan Bharati Public School, “I know it’s harmful, but studies are more important now. I can take care of my health once my exams are over.” is Shreya’s refrain. Meenakshi Thakkar, a counsellor says, “Either they don’t eat or experience other disorders.”

Dr Sanjeev Bagai, paediatrician, Rockland Hospital, adds. “Their haemoglobin level may dip, and may experience abnormal metabolic changes.” So eat healthy to score better!

First Published: Feb 22, 2006 12:03 IST