|It is ironical that: It is ironical that even those who know the importance of health, do not take care of it. It is ironical that everyone agrees about eating simple food, still only a few follow this discipline.|
It is ironical that every-one understands the importance of food, but so few are actually conscious of what they eat. Thus, educating people can actually yield limited dividends. Let us find what other steps could be taken to bring about a positive change in people’s food habits.
The purpose is not to undermine the importa vnce of educating masses. In fact, when people are aware of the health hazards associated with consuming fast-food, they would limit or stop its consumption. To quote an example, a drastic decline was reported in consumption of cold-drinks when people got to know about the ill effects of consuming it.
However, changing food habits of masses is not an easy task. In addition to education, a proper regulatory system which governs what is sold in the markets is essential. There should be clear demarcation on the packaging of food, whether it is good for health or not. If some food item is found to be harmful, it should be immediately banned. We can quote the example of Maggi-noodles in this context. Timely government action, forced the company to stop the sale of Maggi immediately.
Another reason for the decline in public health is unhealthy lifestyle. Thus, encouraging masses to embrace a healthy lifestyle will also be helpful in addressing this issue. To quote an example, Delhi government has established open-gyms in many parks, which is a welcome step towards fitness.
To conclude, educating the masses can yield limited dividends. It requires a multipronged approach to enlighten people about eating healthy food and leading a healthy life.