Nutrition Transition: A Precursor of Disordered Eating Behaviour among Young Indians


  • Department of Food and Nutrition, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, New Delhi-110 016
  • School of Continuing Education, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi-110 068



Nutrition transition, disordered eating behaviour, obesity, emotional eating


Rapid nutrition transition that is being witnessed by India has resulted in the emergence of a "new traditional Indian diet” which includes western foods as well as promotes intake of high energy, high fat processed foods and ready-to-eat foods on a regular basis. Consumption of such diets coupled with sedentary habits has led to an increase in the prevalence of obesity among Indians at all ages and in all socioeconomic groups. At the same time, exposure to the Western culture and the media is promoting a drive for thin body ideals which makes the populations resort to restrained or restricted eating and denial of hunger in pursuit of slimness. This seems to be leading to confusion among the individuals, especially the youth, regarding their diet and lifestyle practices, and is causing increased body dissatisfaction, anxiety, depression, lowered self-esteem etc. among them; and these conditions may further act as precursors of disordered eating behaviour and increase malnutrition. An attempt has been made in this paper to draw attention to how nutrition transition in India may result in increased disordered eating behaviour among its young adults.


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Gupta, S., & Kapur, D. (2017). Nutrition Transition: A Precursor of Disordered Eating Behaviour among Young Indians. The Indian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, 54(2), 227–241.



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