A recent study has shown that poor diet is the leading contributor to ill health in the UK. 12% of the burden of ill health has been linked to diet. Throw in the risk from being overweight and it’s over 20%.
So what’s the problem? We eat too many calories, too much saturated fat, sugar and salt and not enough fibre.
Making small, yet effective changes to the nation’s diets could prevent around 33,000 premature deaths every year. So, why are we continuing in the battle against diet-related health problems?
Public confusion about what we should we eating doesn’t do us any favours. One minute it’s the fat we should be cutting out, the next, it’s the sugar. In reality, both
Most people do know that fruit and vegetables are good for us, and that sweet, sugary treats aren’t going to give us anything other than a temporary moment of indulgence!
However, as a nation, we’re not too good at putting our understanding of a healthy diet into practice.
Research shows that the decisions we make when it comes to food, are based, not on conscious choices, but more an automatic response to the social cues around us. That’s not to say we should blame our poor diets on everyone else! More that we need to open our eyes and make conscious choices about what we put into our bodies if we want them to last longer!
There are numerous health problems arising from a poor diet, with many linked to obesity…
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Snoring and sleep apnoea
- Some cancers (including breast and prostate)
- Stress, anxiety, and depression
So how do we educate the nation of making the tight choices to prevent these conditions from rearing their ugly heads?
As the UK food industry works to reduce the amount saturated fat, sugar and salt in our food, we need to look at reducing the amount of food on our plates. Portion control goes a long way to helping the fight against obesity and the health issues that arise from it. It also helps to reduce the amount of fat and sugar we consume overall.
We set sensible standards when it comes to the food served up in schools, but we seem to forget these standards when it comes to other public areas such as hospitals, many which even have their own in-house fast food outlets and sugary-stacked vending machines.
The way food is positioned as we make our way up and down the supermarket aisles has a huge impact on sales volume.
It’s been shown that displaying alcoholic drinks at the end of shopping aisles has produced the same increase in sales as a 4% price discount on beer or a 22% discount on soft drinks. And we’re a sucker for temptation if it’s served to us on a plate!
Educate The Nation!
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. Step in the specialists with the in-depth knowledge of nutrition to show them the way!
Educating the nation on what the body needs to function effectively, and how to prepare simple, healthy, and realistic meals will make a huge dent in the number of diet and obesity-related health issues within the UK. Not to mention the 33,000 premature deaths each year.
Our Nutrition and Weight Management Certification will equip you with the tools required to plan and monitor effective nutrition programmes. Covering the nutritional basis of healthy eating, the physiology and psychology of dieting and educating individuals on the analysis of food labels, you’ll have the professional qualification to provide advice to those ready to manage their diet for a longer and healthier life.
If you’re ready to help tackle obesity and diet-related illnesses, speak to the Focus team about our Nutrition and Weight Management or Obesity Specialist course, and get yourself prepared to shape the nation!