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Covid Immunity=Nutrition

Food and nutrition should be priority for everybody, says Vinita Bali

Nutrition impacts both physical growth and cognitive development. It plays an important role especially in the first 1000 days of a child i.e. from conception to 2nd birthday.

HYDERABAD, Sep 5 (BNC Network) It is absolutely critical for India to get its act right on nutrition front, said renowned businesswoman and former MD of Britannia Industries Vinita Bali

India ranks lowest on nutrition in comparison to the world. India ranks 102 on Global Hunger Index out of 117 countries. It ranks lower than our neighbours like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, etc., Vinita said addressing a FICCI FLO’s virtual session on Resonant Leadership – Why EQ matters in the workspace yesterday.

YourStory Media’s Editor-at-Large Dipti Nair conducted the session. Dipti’s yourstory.com has the distinction of publishing over 60,000 stories of entrepreneurs and helping more than 50,000 entrepreneurs access networking and funding in the last 12 years.

Nutrition impacts both physical growth and cognitive development. It plays an important role especially in the first 1000 days of a child i.e. from conception to 2nd birthday.

“We have studies showing that Class 7 student’s Math abilities are equal to Class 2 student. It is not that they are dull, but they have been deprived of nutrition. One out of four children is born underweight,” Vinita said. In the last ten years, the number of under nutrition declined from 26% to 17%, but that is still too high, she pointed out.

Food should be made more nutritious by adding micro-nutrients in food, milk, oil, etc. We did it at Britannia. Many companies such as Mother Dairy, Danone, Nestle, etc. are doing it. “These days we are talking about Covid-19 and immunity. Immunity is the direct result of good nutrition. Food and nutrition should be priority for everybody,” Vinita said.

 

 

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