Health Desk- 10 January, 2017: Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as high blood pressure and diabetes are increasing day by day among people mainly due to faulty eating habits and lifestyle, speakers said.
They came up with the remarks while addressing the programme titled on ‘Reducing Dietary Related Risk Associated with Non-Communicable Diseases in Bangladesh’ at Hotel Lake Castle at Gulshan in the capital on Monday.
The speakers said that more than 51 percent people are dying due to NCDs (primarily cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, obesity and cancer).
“Hence, it has become urgent to take necessary steps in this regard. It is possible to reduce the risk of NCDs to a great extent with changing food habit such as taking balanced and healthy foods by shunning fast food and doing regular exercise,” said the speakers.
They opined that the mass media can play an important role in raising awareness and highlighting the importance of nutrition.
Centre for Natural Resources Studies (CNRS), an international research organisation, in association with Public Administration Department, Nutrition and Food Science Institute, Sociology Department of Dhaka University (DU) and Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) jointly organised the programme.
Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, chairman of parliamentary standing committee on Finance Ministry, attended the event as the chief guest.
Chaired by Dr Akhter Hussain, chairman of Public Administration Department of DU, the programme was addressed by Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed, dean of Social Science Faculty of DU, Dr Mohammad Ihteshamul Haque Chowdhury, additional director general of Health Department, Dr C Emdad Haque, professor of University of Manitoba, Canada, Dr Mohammad Rezaul Karim, principal investigator of RDRNCD and M Anisul Islam, director of CNRS.