Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. Overweight and obese children are likely to stay obese into adulthood and more likely to develop non communicable diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age. It can be a risk factor for developing sleep apnea, asthma, hormonal imbalances, and pcos in later life. Overweight and obesity, as well as their related diseases, are largely preventable. Prevention of childhood obesity therefore needs high priority. Continue reading “Obesity in Children”
Weaning is the process by which a baby gradually gets used to eating adult food or the food that the family generally eats, and relies less on breast milk. The World Health Organization defines ‘weaning’ as a gradual process of getting the baby accustomed to food other than the mother’s milk. This process starts around the age of 4-6 months as the mother’s milk alone is not sufficient to sustain a baby’s growth beyond 6 months. It should be supplemented by food rich in proteins and other nutrients, called as supplementary foods.
Why weaning is Important by 6 months? Continue reading “Baby First Foods – ‘WEANING’”
The holy month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and a time when many people across the world fast during daylight hours for 29-30 days. As a spiritual practice, people take part in Ramadan by fasting during daylight hours, eating one meal – ‘Suhoor’ just before dawn and another- the ‘Iftar’ after sunset. The end of Ramadan is marked by ‘Eid-al-Fitr’, the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast. Continue reading “Healthy Eating during Ramadan”