Many young adults in Valley malnourished, shows study

Kathmandu, November 29

Pressures of work, academia and lifestyle have pushed many young adults in the capital to the brink of malnutrition, shows a study.

More and more adolescents and young adults suffer from various eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, and many don’t even have time to cook for themselves while struggling to balance work and college.

Executive Director of Nepal Health Research Centre Dr Khem Bahadur Karki said, “A large proportion of urban youths fail to maintain a balanced diet, causing several health problems. If this lifestyle continues, they will face serious health issues as they grow older.”

Samjhana Khadka, a student at Bageshwori College, Bhaktapur, said, “My classes begin at 6:00am and I have to get to work by 10:00am. I don’t have the time to have my meal.”

Samjhana works to support her family and her education. She said, “I eat breakfast with my friends, and that works for me for the day. When I get home, I rarely cook because I am too exhausted.”

Rina Chikanbanjar, a student at RR campus, said, “I used to fall ill often. I have to work and study at the same time, and have no time for food or rest.”

According to a report of the Adolescent Nutrition Survey in Nepal, 71 per cent of adolescent boys and 59 per cent of adolescent girls are malnourished.

Adolescents living in rural areas and urban areas are equally susceptible to malnutrition.

The research also showed that malnutrition is higher in Tarai than in the hills and the mountains. About 35 per cent of adolescents are anaemic.

Nearly 27 per cent of adolescent boys are anemic, a data that stands at 42 per cent for adolescent girls.