In­dia's un­healthy story

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

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.

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