Air pollution, rapid urbanisation and diet changes - and not your genes - responsible for rising incidences of cancer, heart diseases Date: November 27, 2017

November 27, 2017

Panel discussion with eminent doctors

  • 61 per cent of all deaths in India can be attributed to lifestyle diseases or Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

  • Air pollution, consumption of tobacco and alcohol among primary triggers of recorded cancer cases

  • Every third child in Delhi has impaired lungs; air pollution alone causes 30 per cent of all premature deaths

  • More than 2.7 million people in India die of heart diseases every year; 52 per cent of them are below the age of 70 

India faces a double burden of diseases. We have the diseases of the poor—everything from malnutrition to cholera. Then we have the diseases of the rich—cancer and diabetes. These diseases, called lifestyle diseases or NCDs, now contribute more to India’s disease burden than communicable diseases. 

Part of the package of “toxic” development, they are connected to our lifestyles—what do we eat, what air do we breathe, and what environment do we live in. Body Burden: Lifestyle Diseases captures the latest research and surveys and provides an understanding on what needs to be done to reverse the trend. 

We invite journalists from Delhi NCR to the release of this new report, followed by a panel discussion.

Monday, November 27, 2017, 7 pm onwards

Juniper Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

On the panel:

  • Dr. Naresh Trehan, managing director, Medanta Heart Institute

  • Dr. Sanjeev Bagai, vice chairperson, Manipal Hospital

  • Dr. Ambrish Mithal, head of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Medanta

  • Pawan Agarwal, chief executive officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

  • Dr. Rahul Shidhaye, associate professor, Public Health Foundation of India

  • Sunita Narain, director general, CSE

For more details, please get in touch with Vrinda Nagar of The CSE Media Resource Centre, at vrinda.nagar@cseindia.org / 9654106253.