A recent study has shown that despite high levels of obesity, many people are in fact, undernourished.
As strange as it sounds, health and fitness experts would no doubt agree. A diet filled with fried foods, sugary drinks, chocolatey treats and salty snacks racks up the calories, but very few nutrients.
The problem is exacerbated by coffee shops tempting us with sugary and fatty drinks – many of them serving up Frappucinos in the same hospitals that are treating obese patients.
Dr Sally Norton, an NHS consultant specialising in weight loss and upper gastrointestinal surgery says,
“Drug companies push the sales of expensive drugs which treat the symptoms of the disease but not the cause. Instead we should treat disease with nutrition, letting food be our medicine.”
Doctors say our growing reliance on fast food, coupled with soaring rates of binge-drinking, means many people are lacking the vitamins and minerals essential for health.
The result, in the most extreme cases, is pot-bellies, wasted limbs and emaciated bodies – all conditions more usually associated with famine victims in the developing world.
So what’s stopping the nation from ditching the fast food in favour of a healthier diet?
Many people admit they eat ready-made, quick fix foods, as they lack the knowledge and culinary skills to know what they should in fact be eating. Add to this the increasing cost of living, the increase in convenience foods under our noses and the lack of promotion for healthy eating from the NHS. How are most folk to know what the whip up for dinner?
This is why there’s a huge demand for qualified specialists to help tackle the obesity crisis. People need to be educated on how their body uses it’s food, what it needs to survive, and how to go about getting the nutrients they need from what they prepare in the kitchen. Our Nutrition and Weight Management course provides the tools required to create healthy, sustainable and affordable diet plans for effective weight management. It’s not simply about eating less of the bad stuff… it’s knowing how to enjoy the good stuff!
Getting to grips with diet and nutrition is a crucial first step for individuals who are obese. Once they have established a realistic (and enjoyable!) nutrition plan, only then can they make steps to manage the other health problems associated with a poor diet.
For those studying our Nutrition and Weight Management course, here are just a few of the benefits you’ll be familiar with…
Researchers showed that a heart-healthy eating plan rich in fruits, vegetables and fish significantly reduced the chance of a second heart attack and stroke in people with cardiovascular disease.
A study from Harvard showed that eating more whole fruits, such as blueberries, grapes, and apples, was significantly associated with a lower risk of type-2 diabetes.
Various studies have linked a higher intake of omega 3 with improvements in mental health.
A Mediterranean-style diet that includes nuts can reduce stroke risk according to the American Heart Association.
Over 25 studies have shown that eating plenty of fibre reduces the risk of bowel cancer.
So whilst it’s all great on the taste buds and convenient on the pocket, a diet of sugary snacks and fatty foods brings with it a whole lot more than a wider waistline… with little nutritional value to show for it!
If you’re ready to educate the nation on nutrition, speak to the team about our Nutrition and Weight Management course or click here to request a prospectus.