Owing to the strenuous lifestyle, most women in Mumbai are not getting enough nutrition because of bad food habits, say city doctors.
Dr Alka Kumar, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at SL Raheja hospital, said, “Mild to moderate anaemia and nutrition deficiency is very common among women from the educated and affluent class. They understand the importance of maintaining a balanced diet but do not end up following it. Nearly 90% of my patients skip breakfast despite knowing how important it is to have a healthy and heavy breakfast.”
According to a recent study conducted by a city hospital, 85% of the doctors agreed that women suffer from micro-nutrient deficiencies due to lifestyle habits.
Vitamin D3 and B12 deficiencies are the most common. “In our recent survey, we found that many working women suffer from iron deficiencies. This is because of their hectic lifestyle,” said Dr Seema Bansode, professor of preventive and social medicines department, KEM hospital.
Experts say micro-nutrient deficiencies could lead to neurological or skin problems.
“Vitamin deficiency is common among women because of their hormones. After menopause, the woman’s body lacks certain hormones that makes it difficult for her body to absorb vitamin D. In younger women, diet plays an important role,” said Dr Pradeep Bhonsale from a city hospital said.