We are pleased to announce our next Lunchtime Seminar showcasing ‘Nutrient Requirements and Dietary Guidelines for Indians’ presented by Dr Hemalatha R, Director, ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition. The seminar will take place Friday 19th January at 13.00 – 14.00 via Microsoft Teams. If you would like to join us please Click here to join the meeting and share the invitation within your school/group.


India has implemented robust nutrition programs, especially for women and children; but is now grappling with a growing epidemic of overnutrition, obesity, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This surge is attributed to a significant decrease in physical activity and unhealthy dietary habits associated with changing lifestyles. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, elevated fasting plasma glucose, and obesity – the key risk factors for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes – are on the rise in India, even in rural areas. Unhealthy diets, lacking in fibre, micronutrients, and essential macronutrients, lead to the accumulation of fat around internal organs and abdomen, known as central obesity or adiposity. Notably, individuals with seemingly normal Body Mass Index (BMI) levels may still have elevated body fat and central adiposity. Against this backdrop, the focus of the present effort is on understanding nutrient requirements, dietary guidelines for Indians with a specific emphasis on the growing prevalence of NCDs.