West Bengal: Economic, Political and Social Issues


Rhianu Bowell (Editor)

Series: India: Economic, Political and Social Issues

BISAC: POL040020

Globally, industrialization and urbanization are leading to improvement in society’s economic condition which is often accompanied by lifestyle changes including physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and harmful use of tobacco and alcohol. These altered lifestyles bring about non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like obesity, hypertension (HTN) and diabetes mellitus (DM). The risk factors of the lifestyle induced NCDs are measurable and largely modifiable. So, continuous surveillance on the levels and patterns of risk factors is of fundamental importance to control NCDs. Chapter 1 focuses on this and conducted a study on 1216 male individuals of different socio-economic status residing at Kolkata, West Bengal.

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) was initiated in India in 2006 with a view to creating more wage employment in rural areas thereby ameliorating rural poverty. But after the completion of more than a decade, the effects and roles of the scheme are found to be manifolds. Particularly, if we consider the impact of women. Chapter 2 looks at how the role of women have changed, especially in the family, and how that impacts society.

In chapter 3, the authors performed a study to assess age trends in anthropometric measures and nutritional status among adult Mahali females. It was a community-based cross-sectional study, carried out in selected four villages of Bankura district, West Bengal, India.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Lifestyle Induced Addictive Habits: A Socio-Physiological Issue of Kolkata, West Bengal
(Gouriprosad Datta, PhD, Anurupa Sen, PhD, Moumita Das, PhD, and Subhashree Basu PhD – Department of Physiology, Rammohan College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, et al.)

Chapter 2. MGNREGA and Women Empowerment: Socio-Economic Implications
(Arindam Chakraborty – Sudhiranjan Lahiri Mahavidyalaya, West Bengal, India)

Chapter 3. Age Trends in Anthropometric Characteristics and Nutritional Status among Adult Mahali Females of Bankura District, West Bengal, India
(Kaushik Bose, Ph. D., D. Sc., Shilpita Bhandari, Mihir Ghosh, Ph. D., Binoy Kumar Kuiti, Ph. D.,  Soma Pal, and Swarup Pratihar – Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal, India)


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