Stress also affecting lower S-E strata

Posted by: admin on: February 15, 2012

Stress which was always synonymous with urban life has now reached the tribals of the rural community. Read on to know more


Stress, a term hitherto indicative of coping difficulties of urban life is not only affecting the lower socio economic strata but tribals as well
A recent survey reveals that stress and hypertension are rampant among the tribal villages
Sadly, the cause of these diseases among the tribals is the lack of food. The tension of whether they will be able to provide a meal the next day, for their family, is the main stressor..

Stressed about food
The survey covered 80 villages and took inputs of over 6,000 households. Most villagers were suffering from lifestyle diseases like stress and hypertension due to the lack of medical aid and the unavailability of life-saving medicines.

Too much salt
The villagers are so poor that they cannot even afford regular vegetables or fruits in their diet. “This is a major health concern, as they have to depend on a high intake of salt and chillies for eating jowar roti and plain rice.”
If that wasn’t all, pregnant mothers do not get the nutrition they require, especially in the last trimester, and neither do their newborns.

Drinking water too, is a serious concern, as none of the villages have water taps connected to their houses, and have to depend on community water taps or walk two kilometres to get water from rivers.


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