A rally creating awareness of the ill effects of junk food was organised by Leo club of Jamal Mohamed College in the city on Monday. A.M. Mohamed Sindhasha, principal, Jamal Mohamed College, presided over the event.

The rally was flagged off by M.A. Aleem, vice principal, K.A.P.V Government Medical College, at the railway junction. It passed via head post office before concluding at Jamal Mohamed College.

“People should be aware of the ill effects of fast food. The young generation has grown addicted to these foods that are high in salt and fat content. Side effects of junk food consumption are depression, lack of concentration, and memory problems,” said Dr. Aleem.

R. Ramakrishnan, designated officer, food safety and drug administration, said consumption of junk food is detrimental to health, and warned students against the side effects such as obesity and co morbid (co-existing) diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and stroke.

“Lifestyle modification is essential for today’s fast lifestyle. One should include at least 200 grams of vegetable and fruits in the daily diet,” he said. Over 500 students, members of Rotaract Club, ADA club, and NSS wing, participated.