World Diabetes Day: Is an Indian Celebration Complete Without a Sugar Rush?

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World Diabetes Day: Is an Indian Celebration Complete Without a Sugar Rush?

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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very few years, a study comes along that provides a new “dimaag ki batti jali” moment where we realise some everyday food item is going to be responsible for transporting us to our deathbeds. Of late, all the health videos that Facebook makes me watch suggest that ghee’s time as the bad guy is over. The new scoundrel is sugar, the sweet kiss of death.  

For the world, November 14 is World Diabetes Day, an occasion to create awareness about the fastest growing chronic condition that has no cure. But for India, November 14 is Children’s Day, which we celebrate by distributing deadly, sugar-laced treats to kids. If your mum and dad woke you up on this day without an offering of Cadbury’s when you were a kid, you’d wonder what you’d done wrong. But given that diabetes is the fastest-growing disease in India, with the figures likely to double by 2025, can we learn to hold celebrations without the traditional “kuch meetha ho jaye”?

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