Accepted paper:

Urbanization and disease - a new challenge

Authors:

Prakash Mondal (University of Delhi)
Amlan Ray (Spectrum Clinic & ERI)

Paper short abstract:

The paper describes the effect of urbanization on female reproductive health. Our finding reveals that the reproductive health disorders of female patients is attributable to low protein diet, estrogenous food, irregular food habits has association with the fertility and menstrual complications.

Paper long abstract:

The paper describes the effect of urbanization on female reproductive health which is due to the mismatch between traditional (rural) and urban lifestyle. Traditional belief and practices increasingly overlap with adoption of urban culture, especially regarding living conditions, education and abuse of electronic gadgets. Reports suggest that the 'social and economic factors' could also influence the individual's life. Our findings based on research in a government hospital in south Kolkata reveal that the reproductive health disorders of female patients brought about by urbanization is attributable to sub fertility and menstrual complications. The paper also hypothesizes the influence of low protein diet, estrogenous food, irregular food habits, and lesser awareness about health on such complications. In the concluding part, the paper stresses the importance of ethnographic studies on adolescent girls to arrest the trend.

panel LD05
Urbanization and reproductive health (IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology)