According to the recent WHO statistics, India now ranks third in obesity! The prevalence of overweight and obesity in India is a whooping 33%, meaning 1/3rd of us are either overweight or obese. This is a huge problem and it is rising at an alarming rate.
Obesity is found to be a risk factor of most of the non- communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, coronary atherosclerosis,etc.Because of this rising obesity, their prevalence has increased tremendously. India has become the diabetes capital of the world.
This has to be stopped. We need to fight the obesity epidemic. Let's make India healthy.
Though the fight against obesity requires individual efforts, the Govt can provide great encouragement and motivation by making small policy changes. The purpose of this petition is to urge the Govt to make following policies-
1] Impose fat tax on unhealthy food items like pizzas, burgers, etc. ( Kerela has already started it, its about time whole nation does)
2] Impose an additional tax on sugary drinks ( they are the most guilty foodstuff as they contain no useful nutrients whatsoever, just extra calories)
3] Decrease the taxes on healthy foods like fruits and vegetables and increase their accessiblity.
4] Encourage food companies to make healthier food products ( by imposing taxes or giving concessions)
5] Ban school cafeterias from providing unhealthy food products ( most habits are produced in school life)
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