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How can we improve the health of the nation?

One of the issues relating to the obesity crisis is, we are not eating food anymore, we are eating food-like products, which are manufactured and processed and loaded with sugar.

A study released yesterday by McKinsey & Co stated :

“And the obesity problem is getting worse. If the growth rate in the prevalence of obesity continues on its current trajectory, almost half of the world’s adult population is projected to be overweight or obese by 2030.”

In addition to some fast food outlets who sell high fat food, supermarket shelves are bulging with sweet fizzy drinks, confectionary, biscuits, cakes .. the list is endless, and that’s only the obviously unhealthy choices.

Turn the clock back to the 1950’s and the choices were so much less, and the food was real and less processed.

With unhealthy food promoted and marketed in an overt way, it is not always easy to make healthy choices, especially for the easily influenced younger generation.

Pussy footing around the junk food issue just isn’t going to work – is it time for legislation?

Do you think there should be legislation to add health warnings on junk foods and sugar loaded foods, in the same way that they are posted on tobacco?

Should junk foods and sugar loaded food products be labelled with a health warning?

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Couscous
1st Dec 2014
3
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Portion size information for our foods would be welcome. How many of us actually know what size a steak should be (or look like) to be of benefit to us. For that matter just how big a portion of a casserole should we serve ourselves. Such info should be known to us all but I certainly dont know the answer and I doubt very much if many more of us do.
Wilf
2nd Dec 2014
2
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I think that's why the government needs to label all foods correctly and do it asap!
Irene Soulsby
1st Dec 2014
3
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We have a slow cooker and we love it! Very easy to use and you can make fabulous (and filling!) stews and soups at a fraction of the price. You know what you've put in, lots of lovely healthy, fresh ingredients. Once you've prepared veg/meat you just let it gently cook all day. I would recommend slow cookers to everyone!

Also, if you shop in markets, everything is a fraction of the price of things in supermarkets. We have a fruit and veg shop at home and you can get produce at bargain prices. Support your local shops as well!
Wilf
1st Dec 2014
3
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My wife has been shopping at Lidl for the first time and we cannot believe how low there prices are for such great quality! Palma ham is about half the price of Waitrose and looks even better!
Peter
2nd Dec 2014
2
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I'm with you on that Wilf - try the smoked salmon - it's award winning!! and much cheaper than the other supermarkets.
Wilf
2nd Dec 2014
0
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Thanks Pete will tell my wife to look out for the Salmon-special treat for us at Christmas!
shepherd
26th Nov 2014
3
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I have for years sold meat I have produced direct to the consumer. We found that buyers were not enthusiastic about leg of lamb. Further investigation revealed it took too long to cook, and required sitting at the table.!
we developed a range of lamb burgers, curry flavoured, lamb and mint burgers, and they went down a treat
Wilf
26th Nov 2014
4
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I think that's half the problem nowdays, people are in such a hurry they want convenience foods-and there lies one of the issues...no fresh food.
shepherd
26th Nov 2014
3
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Having always led a very active life, I recently had a spinal operation, and was told to "take it easy".
I(had never worried about my weight, it had been 12 stone 12 lbs for ages, (I am 6ft tall) my weight increased to 13stone 3, and that was fine. Then I gave up smoking, and the weight went up again, and when I was left in no doubt that I was still doing too much, up it went again!! I now struggle to keep at around 15 stone!
Herbert
25th Nov 2014
3
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It would make a lot of sense but PLEASE for a lot of us Silversurfers whose eyesight is not what it was can the labelling be in large font so we can read it!
Gili-153
23rd Nov 2014
5
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Yes, to simply help people to make a better-informed choice.
Many do not realise the seriousness of this problem, which together with an inactive lifestyle can lead to diabetes, which in turn can lead to blindness, kidney failure and amputations due to circulatory problems.

PS
Does anyone else think that the 'Sofa bear' advert is totally irresponsible?
andbrown01
22nd Nov 2014
5
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yes with out a doubt
Archiebald
21st Nov 2014
4
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The media keep saying we are all getting unhealthy...no exercise...eating too much sugar etc etc...the government agrees, so why don't they get on and legislate that all foods MUST show sugar content and the recommended amount and in plain/large font so its easy to read. Simple really. Lets see!
Jo Kingham
21st Nov 2014
4
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Yes, yes, yes!

The saying "we are what we eat" is very true.....

Our parents didn't eat the processed rubbish we eat today, as it just wasn't readily available. They also ate fresh in season produce, not stuff flown 000s of miles to satisfy our need for all year round produce... remember the greengrocer, butcher, baker you used to visit??

We need to get back to eating fresh, in season produce and avoid everything else. It's good to hear the adverts about healthy sugar swaps, that's a start but the government needs to do more.

It took them about 40 years to put warnings on cigarettes though - so i won't hold my breath....
Dorie
22nd Nov 2014
5
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People have free choice as to their lifestyle but if they choose to put their health at risk by eating junk why should the NHS foot the bill.
Wilf
26th Nov 2014
1
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I agree to a degree Dorie but some people do not have the money to spend on more expensive fresh food
Archiebald
24th Nov 2014
5
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Its difficult Dorie as I think quite a lot of people can only afford junk food. Also think the government needs to do a lot more to promote healthy eating...adverts on TV?
Dorie
24th Nov 2014
6
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I worked full time whilst I was raising a family and found cooking from scratch ie fresh food, was less expensive and took very little extra time than putting junk into a microwave.
Rob60
24th Nov 2014
5
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I agree with you, Archiebald, that it should be tackled through education. I don't agree that people can't afford to eat healthily, I think it's more a lack of education on how to make fresh produce taste good to young children and how to prepare tasty and nutritious meals quickly and with minimum fuss.

Junk food keeps kids happy and makes feeding them quick and easy when you get in from work - but with the right know how, fresh produce can be quick to prepare and enticing to children.
Herbert
25th Nov 2014
2
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I think we should be eating healthily but the issue is many people do not have the time or the money!

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