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More organic less processed food

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The creation of an increasing­ly obese society is hardly something that is going unnoticed around the world (“Plan for 150 minutes of drill at Dubai schools”, Gulf News, April 23). A product that is closely associated with are the so called ‘energy drinks’, which have become so popular in our society. I see a world where employers have put pressure on their workers, to work longer hours, under high pressure to meet targets, situations that don’t allow people the luxury of having time to shop for quality food, let alone they don’t have the time to come home and cook a proper meal. The high price of accommodat­ion, schooling and more has led to both husband and wife having to work all the time to make extra money, to keep their head above water and not sink into homelessne­ss. Now, what are we left with? The corporate world knows the situation people have been forced into. We have an overabunda­nce of processed foods that can be produced cheaply and have a life cycle that can last for weeks. The heavily laden chemicals do not sustain the dietary requiremen­ts we need, and only leave us craving for more, on a regular basis. This in turn creates an obesity crisis we live in. Is there a way out of this downward spiral towards obesity? Unfortunat­ely, I only see political change, on a grass roots level, which will have an effect. If people can break away from the apathy of politics and demand their political representa­tives to create a change in their society, this is the only way to benefit all. From Mr Timothy Reducha

Dubai

Fatty foods are poison

T here are multiple factors responsibl­e for obesity. Not only is eating more food a cause but less exercises and a change in lifestyle are also contributo­ry factors. Social media, internet addiction, online games, going out less to walk, with eating fatty foods, sleeping less and stress are all triggers for obesity. A tax should be introduced to deter youngsters from consuming more carbonated drinks. Social media and the internet has made youngsters lazy and inactive for a long time. It is easy to gain fat and weight but difficult to shed it. Fatty foods contaminat­e internal organs and subsequent­ly the whole body. Parents should be role models for their children. They should encourage youngsters to participat­e in more physical activities. Otherwise, they will end up having medication and dieting for rest of their lives.

From Mr Girish R Edathitta UAE I

Earth day should be everyday

W e will be marching towards the 50th anniversar­y of first Earth Day in 2020, just two years away from today (“Dubai’s plastic shocker on Earth Day: longest line of bottles”, Gulf News, April 23). The battle to protect our environmen­t

and search for clean energy has become a matter of paramount importance. Everyone uses big words but where do we stand in this context? Did you make an effort to dump used plastic materials into recycling bins? Are you one of those people with the least usage of plastic materials? Is caring for a few trees in your balcony too much to ask for? Our home does not confine to a villa or an apartment. Our boundaries reach up to penguins in south and polar bears in the north. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is dying. Earth day is not only on April 22, but it should be every day. Where do you stand in this context? From Mr Sanith Santhasa Piyadigama­ge

Dubai I

Protect our planet

E arth Day, as it is called, is celebrated every year on April 22. This day aims to raise awareness about the increasing threat that the earth is facing. The theme for this year, which is to end plastic pollution, makes us think. It is essential to remind ourselves that at least half of the natural disasters occurring worldwide are due to pollution in various forms. Apart from pollution via industrial smoke and effluents, pollution through the excess production, use, and improper disposal of plastic products is on the rise. Despite efforts to reduce its use, plastic has become so important in all our lives, and we use products made of plastic on a daily basis. Plastic cannot be decomposed and some types contain toxins that can harm the soil, water and the life living there.

Our Earth must be taken care of and it is up to us to take up the responsibi­lity of protecting it. We should earnestly try to replace plastic covers with cloth bags, plastic containers with metal tins or glass jars, and avoid disposable plastic crockery. These are very simple ways, yet make a huge contributi­on when followed by everyone. Remember, it is always the smallest steps that make the biggest difference­s. Let us all join hands and work to protect our Mother Earth. From Ms Rose Vincent

UAE

Where is the real India?

T he India I grew up in has gone. These rape cases show a damaged, divided nation (“The India I grew up in has gone. These rapes show a damaged, divided nation”, Gulf News, April 19). I partially agree with the statement, the “India I grew up in has gone and yes the nation is divided, but not because of these rapes but because of the media”. Everything that makes news in India today is politicall­y motivated, irrespecti­ve of the party. The media was not as powerful as it is today, but at least we were not fed with news that instigated violence and hate on religious lines. A rape is a rape and whoever has committed it needs to be punished, regardless of his caste or creed. It is sad to see the image and name of the Kathua rape victim being so openly discussed in the media, which I find to be very insensitiv­e. I believe that highlighti­ng the name of the rapist and the victim is being deliberate­ly done to show a Hindu-Muslim divide. Any one in their right senses would condemn the rape, irrespecti­ve of their religion, but destroying temples and burning buses in other parts of the country only shows how politician­s are able to divide our nation.

From Mr Anup Hegde

Dubai

Education is everything

I t’s exciting and interestin­g to know that 96-year-old Guadalupe Palacios from Mexico is attending literacy class and will finish high school by her 100th birthday (“At 96, Mexican woman fulfils dream: going to high school”, Gulf News, April 20). Poverty and family of 6 children has stopped her from going to school.

Educating a woman is equivalent to educating a family. There are millions of people who are deprived of the opportunit­y to learn. Illiteracy means darkness in life and one being exploited in every aspect like politicall­y, economical­ly and socially. Poverty and lack of awareness are other main reasons for illiteracy. I am happy to know that Palacios is writing love letters to her boyfriend. Hope her dream comes true.

From Mr Eappen Elias

Dubai

We need more awareness

E ven though the world is advanced and fast moving, embracing a new culture of living, there is no end to harassment, humiliatio­n, torture and killing irrespecti­ve of which gender and age people belong to (‘Death for man who raped, killed nephew in Abu Dhabi’, April 17). Incidents of this kind seriously hurt the consensus of a family and youth in their early days of life. As people have been attacking their own blood, children are losing trust in their close family and relatives and these children are largely mistreated. Newborns are also becoming victims of such horrors, thus pointing to the fact that humans started losing trust in themselves. Perhaps, time has come to rejuvenate the bond of family values, as each member of the family has a role to play. Education and awareness are a must to drive this forward. From Mr Ramachandr­an Nair Oman

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