Tasneem Ali is an IFBB Pro Athlete, Muscle Mania Champion, Sheru Classic Medalist, Certified Nutritionist and Lifestyle Consultant, Fitness Trainer, Social Activist, Motivational Speaker.
Tasneem Ali surpassed all the challenges thrown her way and emerged victorious, thanks to her never-say-die attitude. Over the years, Ms Ali’s life has come to symbolize that there is no force more powerful than a woman who is determined to rise. Her story is of a winner who rose up with courage and passion.
In this episode of the ‘Student Wellbeing & Upskilling’ series, Tasneem Ali talks about the current scenario of students’ physical health as well as nutritional habits.
Tasneem Ali is working with BPP University of London UK as a nutrition and fitness expert. She has been invited as a key speaker in various events to motivate women to achieve their dream.
Following is an excerpt from the interview Wonderpublish recently conducted with Tasneem Ali:
Q. 1: Various experts are saying that the third wave of COVID-19 may affect kids. How shall we prepare for it in order to prepare our kids?
Ans. We need to care for the children and teenagers under 18, I feel that there’s only one thing we need to focus on, and that is to improve their immunity. By boosting their immunity I don’t mean just to provide them with Multivitamins, Zinc supplements, Vitamin C supplements. For example, If I have a high-end car and I run that car with kerosene, it won’t work that way. Our kids are fond of junk food and they are at home for more than a year now, they have zero exposure to social life, they are just in front of their gadgets. We need to make them give themselves a break from the gadgets, in order to focus on their well being.
Q. 2: How do you think we can bring back the concept of balance in our diet?
Ans. As I said earlier, kids are mostly into junk food nowadays. And the industry is capitalizing on it. Various brands showcase their products in attractive ways, but if pay attention to the ingredients of their products, you’ll understand what have they added to our food. These practices and products are putting the consumers into ventilators. Children now can’t see anything beyond Maggi, pizza, burger, and all the other frozen things.
The concept of a balanced diet is very much lost. But if we want to reintroduce it to the lifestyle of ours kids, we must introduce healthy foods as superfoods to them. I always say that you should have introduced these healthy food items from an early age for it is necessary for their growth and the development of their hormones.
Q. 3: In terms of food habits and nutrition, are the western kids more aware than Indian kids?
Ans. Earlier our kids were more conscious in terms of health, but as the western brands came to India, we moved towards the western culture. Western societies have a much higher rate of obesity among their young ones but sadly we have also started treading the same path now.
Nowadays we have frozen food, pre-made food everywhere because we don’t have “enough” time to cook, therefore the obesity rate is increasing. Especially, kids nowadays are completely surviving on junk food, as a result of which their carb intake has increased a great deal. On top of that, they are not physically that active to digest all the carbs. People should have a high protein diet, low carb diet. Our children don’t consume that much in comparison to the western world but they are not aware enough.
Q. 4: With the emergence of technology in education due to the pandemic, the theory-based subjects are fine, but what about physical education?
Ans. I’m not happy with the physical education students are been getting these days. If I compare it to the physical education I had, it was compulsory for us back in the day, but now it’s a choice for the students. It should be mandatory for them, and during this time when there is no physical activity at all, parents should make sure that their children go for a walk like I make my kids go for a walk. I take care of their diet. I make them do some jumping exercises on alternate days. That is how they will get into the habit of exercising.
Q. 5: What would you say to the institutional heads of educational institutions to include nutritional awareness in their school curriculum or programs?
Ans. The curriculums at schools should be based on nutrition. We learn about nutrition, a balanced diet and all that in science books but I would say that there should be different books altogether based on nutritional awareness.