Acta Scientific Nutritional Health (ISSN: 2582-1423)

Perspective Volume 4 Issue 1

Don’t be a Statistic!

Sophonie Ndahayo*

Department of Public Health, Texila American University, India

*Corresponding Author:Sophonie Ndahayo, Department of Public Health, Texila American University, India.

Received: November 14, 2019; Published: December 05, 2019


  People feel good when they are counted among ladies or gentle-men of influence. There are many ways in which one can attain this recognition of which one may be positive or negative, produc-tive or destructive. Human choices and decisions to a great extent determine not only our destiny but also our health. The choices people make each day, make them statistics for self-preservation or self-destruction. People make choices to live a healthy lifestyle through what they eat, drink or how much they are active. Feel-ing important through right doing entails purposing to stand out for your decisions or choices, such as being recognised in a fam-ily or community as someone who is disciplined, rational and health-conscious. Contemporary food and drinks industries are manufacturing a lot of products, and a good number of them fall on the unhealthy side. As rightly established by Stuckler, McKee, Ebrahim, and Basu (2012), unhealthy commodities, which include soft drinks and processed foods that are high in salt, fat, and sugar, as well as tobacco and alcohol are leading risk-factors for chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) commonly referred to as dis-eases of affluence, but now a pandemic such high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, cancer, just to name a few. It is sad to notice that the consumption rate of unhealthy commodities, known as junk foods and drinks, has been rising rapidly in low- and- middle- in-come countries (Chan, 2011). Studies carried out in different pop-ulations have established that avoiding the high fat, low fiber, high salt diets and sedentary modus vivendi in western societies will usually decrease the prevalence of chronic diseases.

  Research further suggested that economic development has led to nutrition transition from under-nutrition to over-nutrition characterised by a change in food choices from traditional foods with low salt, less saturated fat, less energy dense to unhealthy, refined foods, sweetened, carbonated and energy drinks. Unfortu-nately, observations show that at times, poor eating habits among impoverished groups may lead to intake of both inadequate nutri-tious foods and excess calories, thus making poor counted among overweight or obese.





Citation: Sophonie Ndahayo. "Don’t be a Statistic!".Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 4.1 (2020): 36-37.

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