95% Mumbaikars feel rise in pollution- Survey

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Mumbai, Jan 2 (UNI) About 95 per cent Mumbaikars feel that the effect of pollution has increased besides an increase during the past three years in air pollution, consumption of vegetables infested with chemicals or pesticides and weather change.

These findings were a result of a survey conducted by AC Nielsen, across the major metro cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore among females in the age group of 25 to 40 years, belonging to the socio economic classes A and B. The survey was also conducted to understand their main immunity and stress related concerns.

About 40 per cent of respondents of the city feel that they were not equipped to face the changes in seasons and running their household. About 40 per cent respondents in Delhi feel they were not equipped to face pressures of performance in office, running of their household and child's performance in school/college. While in Chennai majority of respondents feel that there has been an increase in all the concern areas and almost 90 feel that air pollution and effect of weather change has increased in the last three years.

In Bangalore more than 75 per cent respondents feel the factors have increased over the last three years and 40 per cent feel they were not equipped to manage eating outside food which being unhygenic and exposed to heat.

When asked on what they do to combat stress, 19 per cent said they do nothing about it and a whopping 49 per cent said they do a little but wish they could do more. The proportion doing nothing to fight stress is highest in Chennai (41 per cent). Surprisingly, most (64 per cent) of them only watch TV to relieve stress and less than 10 per cent indulge in yoga or other forms of exercise for stress relief and 39 per cent of women in Mumbai also take recourse to medicines.

The objective of the survey was understanding the relevance of different factors which affect the women and their relative importance, understanding their perception on whether these factors have undergone any change in the last three years and what is the impact change of weather on health.


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