Though awareness about the ill-effects of junk food is being created, health experts have now demanded pictorial and health warnings on junk food packets emphasizing the possible health issues caused by them.
The demand was made by a panel of experts from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), AIIMS, the Public Health Foundation of India and the National Institute of Nutrition.
‘A panel of health experts has demanded pictorial warnings about high fat, salt and sugar content on the junk food packets to stress about the ill-effects of eating them.’
The major objective behind constituting the panel was to check the prevalence of data on consumption of high fat, sugar and salt and give recommendations to reduce the health complications caused by excess consumption of junk food.
"We have recommended pictorial warnings on junk foods like chips, colas, pizzas, burgers or health warnings saying that this product contains fat and salt in excess of what is recommended or even a picture of liver on pack indicating that consuming them may led to fatty liver in children and adults," said Vandana Jain, additional professor of paediatrics at AIIMS.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the best way to prevent childhood obesity was by restrictions on marketing of unhealthy food including biscuits and potato chips.
Medical experts say children having fatty liver are at risk of liver cirrhosis, which may require transplantation as final solution.