TEENAGE PREGNANCY IS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE

TEENAGE PREGNANCY IS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE

In India, thousands of adolescent mothers and their perinatal and neonatal babies die each year; and lakhs of women and children suffer from morbidity caused by teenage pregnancy.

Delaying the onset of child-bearing could reduce India’s projected 2050 population of 1.7 billion by 25.1 percent.

Public health system in India is already wobbling from high demand and low resources. Death of hundreds of children in government hospitals in Bihar, UP, Rajasthan in just the past two-and-half years is evidence of that. A program to prevent teen pregnancy will reduce the pressure on the limited public healthcare resources and will save tens of thousands of lives each year. Such a program is the crying need of the hour.
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HARMFUL: FAIRNESS CREAMS & DIET PILLS

HARMFUL: FAIRNESS CREAMS & DIET PILLS

Fair and thin is beautiful is a fad that has developed since 1920s in the western world and since 1990s in India. Revealing dresses and promotion by fashion industry and by commercial advertising have boosted this fad.

One could benevolently smile at the use of fairness creams and weight loss supplements and fad diets were these not so harmful to people’s health.

Fairness creams may make the skin fairer by a maximum of 20%. But excessive use of these creams can severely damage the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer.

A healthy, glowing, skin is beautiful whether it is white or tan or dark. To get such a skin, wash skin with clean water at least three times a day, use moisturiser and sun screen lotion, drink 6-8 glasses of liquids every day, eat anti-oxidant rich fruits, and exfoliate weekly.

Fit not thin should be the mantra to follow. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a good measure of overweight but not of percentage of fat in the body and its distribution over body parts. Balanced diet and exercise can ensure that you remain fit and within the ideal BMI range. Avoid fad diets. These are risky.

Cherish yourself as you are, what you are. No matter what shape or size you are, feel like a beautiful woman.

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JUSTICE

JUSTICE

Women in Hyderabad shouted “police zindabad,’ and showered rose petals, tied Rakhi and offered sweets to the policemen who had shot down the four accused-rapists in an encounter. The women were celebrating justice, not law.

Justice delayed is justice denied. The hoi polloi will continue to rejoice in justice delivered even if it is unlawful. Continue reading JUSTICE