Beside improvement in education, the Indian government must also look after the nutritional and health condition of the children. Improving in education without having a good health condition or nutrition is impossible. It is hard to concentrate on studies with an unhealthy state of mind and body. But today’s generation depends keenly on junk foods and preserved foods. Preserved foods are bad for health. These are stored and preserved for a longer period of time and contains no healthy vitamins and fresh nutrients in them.
Junk foods and preserved ones actually increase the extra fat and sugar level in the body leading to health problems like obesity and diabetes. Consuming excessive junk foods cause the normal level of blood sugar to rise. But students nowadays depend totally on junk foods. During a recess break, consumption of junk or preserved food causes the student to become lethargic all throughout the day. They cannot put their best in the classes after recess break because the junk foods contain refined sugar in them causing secretion of high quantity of insulin.
Recent researches say that school canteens have also indulged themselves in selling junk foods like chips, aerated drinks, samosas, burgers etc. they say that these are a huge demand by the students. So, selling this product mainly can help them earn a good amount of money. But studies on children’s health have forced the government to strictly ban the sell of any kind of junk foods in the canteen. This initiative has been already started in the schools of Delhi and has been decided to spread the wings of these initiatives all over the country.
Reports on children’s health strictly highlight that intake of junk and preserved foods by the teenagers and school goers have increased at a huge rate. Obesity, nervous disorder and hypertension have been started ruling the children’s health all over. From report of the 35-page document by the health ministry, the court orders to abolish the sale of fast foods in school and college canteen.
The court has ordered the canteen to sell out food made out from fresh fruits, vegetable or whole grains to the students. The students have also been discouraged to bring junk foods in their Tiffin boxes. The canteen must sell the food items with a moderate price which the students can access easily. The variety must be maintained in the food items to make them attractive rather than boring for the students.
Unhealthy food habits and busy schedule of the students have increased their dependency on the fast foods. After a lot of research by the Food standards authority of India, the experts say that the sugar and saturated fats contained in the junk foods do more harm in the body than any good. They contain no vitamins and nutrients in them.
Introduction of fresh vegetables and fruits in the canteen can prevent the children from diseases like hypertension of obesity. The initiative of transferring the food habits of the students is really effective and can immune the students. The canteens in the schools must also make the kitchen and utensils hygienic. The food prepared must rely on low calorie and high nutrient level.