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    Mrs Mithila Gowreesunkur Veerapen

    Description: The eating habits of Mauritian is at a decline due to the wide range of exposure of fast food outlets, street food which have mushroomed throughout the island besides the food courts in commercial centres. Some of these are the influence of globalization which brought the different flavours and tastes of the world. Much importance has been given to the sensory aspect rather than the nutritional value of the foods and the portion size. Working people spending more time work has led to a reduced time spent in the kitchen preparing healthy meals. While foods are mostly being prepared without giving importance to the nutritional aspect, the health of the Mauritian citizens is major concern. Latest NCD’s (2015) survey report revealed an increase percentage in obesity both among adults and children, heart disease and diabetes as compared to that of 2009. Other health concerns are poor bone health among women and elderly people. The Mauritian population is still having wrong eating practices very often with a disproportionate portion size. The long dated three food groups plate model guide has not proved to be much effective as a guide for the planning healthy meals. The loopholes present in the actual. Recently America has faced almost similar challenge, the Food Pyramid Guide was replaced by the Food Plate model.

    Potential Solutions (if any)
    1. The present Three Food Groups Plate Model prepared by the Ministry of Health need to be revisited and be replaced by a new Food Plate model
    2. To design new Food Guide Plate Model for the Mauritian population with appropriate portions of different food groups taking into consideration the dairy products is a key need for organizing simple nutritious and well planned meals.
    3. Inform and teach the population about a proper way of choosing foods and organizing meals with greater emphasis on portion size.
    1. To have a proper food guide that can be more informative and reliable for the population to make healthy food choices.
    2. A reduced health problem among Mauritian population
    3. To have a decrease in health problems and a reduction in percentage of NCD’s.
    4. Schools will benefit by producing a conducive atmosphere to teach students and inform parents about healthy eating practices using the new food guide.
    5. A better food guide for schools to teach and send healthy messages to children, parents and hence society.

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