GMC to conduct study on food pattern in Srinagar

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SRINAGAR: Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar on Saturday said that it is conducting a community based 15th month study on the consumption of high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) foods and their impact on the burden of non-communicable diseases among 4000 households in Srinagar.
In a statement, the department said the study will also identify priority areas of research relating to consumption of HFSS foods and Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSBs), and to assess effectiveness of strategies for reducing their consumption.
“This 15-month study is a part of multi-centre task force study of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) which shall be carried among 4000 households in Srinagar city. The study shall assess the nutrition status of the selected population by anthropometry (height, weight, waist and hip circumference) and also shall measure the blood pressure and assess biochemical profile on a sub sample of the screened population (random blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol). Further it will analyze the selected food and food products/items from each site for salt, sugar and fats including trans fats. On its sideline, the research staff will disseminate the information about harmful effects of foods and food products/items rich in fat, salt and sugar and importance of physical activity,” said Dr. S. Muhammad Salim Khan, head of the department and principal investigator of the study.