Trust Baba Ramdev to find his way back to the news. Adding to list of bogus claims by influential figures in India, the yoga guru has said that the human body is designed to last 400 years but owing to the fast-paced lifestyle of people, their lifespan is reduced to less than a fourth. He added that the fast-paced life people lead these days makes them vulnerable to diseases, and make them dependent on doctors and medicine.
“The human body is designed to live for 400 years, but we torture our bodies through excesses of food and lifestyle. We invite high blood pressure, heart ailments and other diseases that lessen its lifespan and makes it depend on doctors and medicines for the rest of our lives,” he said at the 12th National Quality Conclave, as per a report by PTI.
The yoga guru went on to give the audience a few tips to enhance the quality of life and also demonstrated yogic postures. He gave the example of BJP National president Amit Shah, citing how one can shed weight with the right diet and a proper routine. “I met Amitbhai yesterday. He has managed to shed 38 kg by having boiled vegetables and soup for dinner and controlling his lunch,” he said.
In response to Ramdev’s statement, Dr Ajay Dogra of the Kailash Hospital said, “the maximum lifespan of a human body is about 100 years. Very rarely do people cross over 100 years. In the developing nations (such as India) the lifespan has increased due to better access to medical facilities, but 400 years is a bit of an exaggeration.”
Recently, Ramdev’s brand Patanjali has come under criticism for distributing expired products during the Assam floods. Also, a woman reportedly fell sick after consuming expired products, which she procured from an authorised retailer. In reaction to the flak over expired food items, Ramdev said that he marketed only “good thing like Ayurveda, India and Make in India campaign,” adding that healthy eating habits can enhance the quality of life.