50% children, women facing malnutrition: Experts

FAISALABAD: The experts on Tuesday said that 50 percent children and women are facing the malnutrition in Pakistan whereas imbalance diet, junk food, lack of physical activities and obesity are adding up the number of patients of different diseases in the country.

They were addressing inaugural session of the training of trainers titled “Nutritional awareness of school going children” in which 100 school-teachers are being trained about balanced food for school children.

The workshop was arranged by Faculty of Food, Nutrient and Home Sciences, University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) in collaboration with Global Alliances for Improvised Nutrition (GAIN).

Chairing the session, UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Zafar said that it was observed that many school going children come to the school without breakfast. This tendency needs to be curtailed for a healthy society.

He said that there is a need to create the awareness about balanced usage of food. He said that simplicity in the food habits would help improve the situation. He said that junk food had become common in people, which is not good for health.

He said that vitamin D deficiency at high with 60 percent; vitamin A 45 percent whereas Maternal anaemia deficiency stands at 49 and child stunting level 43 percent. He said that we should put focus of our children on the homemade dishes that are full of the energy.

Dean Faculty of Food Sciences Dr Masood Sadiq Butt, National Institute of Food Sciences and Technology Director General Dr Tahir Zahoor, Dr Kamran Sharif, Assistant Prof Dr Benish Israr, Dr Imran Pasha, and Lecturer Dr Binish Sarwar Khan also spoke on the occasion.