Federal Health Minister Mansouf Madhavya launched the Indian Diet and Biomarker Survey (DABS-I) here at the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) on Saturday.
According to the release, the study will define food and nutritional adequacy by collecting individual dietary intake data for people of various age groups from 28 states and eight federal territories. The main aim of this study is to use state-of-the-art technology to map diet, nutrition and health status to accurately estimate anemia in urban and rural populations.
Institute Director Hemalatha said the study provides data-based estimates of nutritional gaps and needs, as well as accurate estimates of undernourishment rates. For the first time, we provide nutrition facts data for cooked and uncooked foods from different regions and states.
Health Minister Rajiv Bahl said the findings will help develop appropriate strategies and interventions to reduce the growing complications of overweight and obesity in India.
The minister urged scientists to find situation- and culture-specific solutions to the problem of malnutrition. “We reach conclusions about the nutritional status of people by evaluating established global indicators. Can we develop indices and benchmarks that are acceptable to us and the world at large?” he asked.