India's unhealthy story
A RECENT global report shows that Indians are spending more time battling ill health as non-fatal diseases and injuries such as major depressive disorder, anaemia and lower back pain have become more prevalent in recent years. The study published in The Lancet says migraines, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hearing loss were among the 10 leading causes of illhealth in India in 2013. Other leading causes included neck pain, diabetes and anxiety disorders. It says that years lived with disability make up a major chunk of health problems that impair an individual's mobility, hearing or vision, or cause pain.