Union Ministry of Health tweeted an image on April 22, suggesting the nation to stay fit by eating only fruits and vegetables. The shared image was a stock photograph that seemed to point out that a vegetarian diet is the only way to be healthy. The Twitter post showed a curvy woman on the side and a thin on the other, with suggestions of the kind of food they eat. The curvy woman’s body had junk food like coke, eggs, fries, burgers, cakes and sausages whereas the other image of a lean woman showed only fruits and vegetables.
The post by Health Ministry attracted criticism for representing that a non-vegetarian food is necessarily unhealthy, even though science does not suggest that. Twitter users picked up on the suggestion that egg, a rich source of protein and other minerals, is unhealthy. There was also much outrage over the Ministry’s seeming body-shaming. Users right away slammed the tweet, some calling it fat shaming and other one said stupidity at the highest.
The screenshot of the tweet was taken, check the post here:
Though the tweet was then deleted shortly after receiving the negative response, however, the screenshot of the post is doing rounds on Twitter.
One of the users said, “Is Egg unhealthy? If so, Dhara Singh, Dharmendra, Sachin, Saina etc should all apologize to 1.3 Billion Indians for promoting this fake news created by NECC.”
The other one trolled saying, “So now @MoHFW_INDIA is resorting to body shaming tactics to promote ‘vegetarianism’.”
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We, the Indians are aware of the fact that obesity is a real problem in our country. But at the same time the country even has malnourished people. It is the government’s job to make sure people have access to adequate nutrition. The Ministry of Health has done some worthy campaigns like those of menstrual hygiene and tuberculosis. But this tweet may be proof of the Ministry of Health’s obsession on propagating vegetarianism as a way of life.