Future Food: India - Fat or Skinny? | 27mins
Director: Arjun Pandey | Producer: Ambica Kapoor
Focus Years: 2013 | Country: Italy
In the year 2050, there will be 9 billion people in the world. How do we make sure every mouth is fed? This series takes us around the world to examine the future of food. In this episode, Future Food is in India to find out how the country is battling against obesity and fast foods.
Every day, 1.2 billion people in India need to be fed. Traditionally, Indians have eaten the healthy cuisine of its 29 states. But as people move to the cities, thereâ€™s a growing demand for fast, processed food. This ""junk food"" is accused of causing obesity and chronic health problems. A recent study showed that already over 1 in 6 schoolchildren in Delhi are overweight and almost one in 14 are obese. Itâ€™s one of the reasons why the courts are considering a call for a ban on all fast foods in Indiaâ€™s schools. Now, India is a country on the edge of two possible futures: a future where its people are well-fed and healthy and a future with Western diets and Western obesity.
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