(PRWEB) November 28, 2010
The National Audit Office estimates that obesity has caused over 30,000 deaths a year just in the UK, through cancer, heart disease, strokes and diabetes. In addition to these deaths, junk food and excess weight causes lots of other associated health problems. The new candida website, Fed Up Bloating, feels the government should increase public awareness by labeling junk food with appropriate health warnings.
Years ago advertisers were singing the praises of smoking and selling the health benefits they assumed cigarettes brought. Today we know better; through public awareness campaigns, banning of advertising, tax increases, and prominent health warnings on packets, thousands, maybe even millions of lives have been saved, not to mention many smoking related illnesses and ailments avoided.
The Food Standards Agency low income diet and nutrition survey reports that 62% of men and 63% of women are overweight or obese. This proportion increased with age; men from 40% at age19-34 to 69-71% in the older age groups, and in women from 47% at age19-34 peaking at 75% in those aged 50-64. About one-fifth of children were obese (21%), and a further14% overweight. According to The Daily Mail on 23rd Nov 2010 a quarter of fat women were in denial. Clothes manufacturers help support this denial by manufacturing extra generous regular sizes to accommodate this growing market. Some have even introduced a range for chubbier children.
So why are we such a growing nation?
The survey also showed that 35% of men and 29% of women reported that price/value/money available for food was the most important influence on their choice of food. Junk food is not only cheap but convenient, socially accepted, quick and easy plus great comfort food; in fact it is a major part of our everyday life.
Takeaway leaflets through the letterbox, junk food commercials, newspaper and magazine promotions and special food deals, easy readymade meals, buy one get one free on sweets, cakes and biscuits, unlimited choice of fast food establishments and sweet vending machines are everywhere. The problem with this is that most convenience foods and snacks are high in saturated fats, sugar, refined carbohydrates and salt.
Putting on a few extra pounds, and having the odd junk food is not a problem, but many people are suffering from malnutrition due to lack of nutrients in their continuous junk food diet.
Wendy Edwardes' personal experience of a high junk food diet was constant illnesses and ailments, 3 spine fusions and total disability: this also caused a candida overgrowth which resulted in lots of other health problems.
Having fully recovered from illness, she has established the new fedupbloating website which is aimed at helping others control candida and improve health by promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle. Over 80% of the website visitors that take the free candida test have lots of ailments and health issues related to a junk food diet.
The Food Standards Agency report that 35% percent of men and 44% of women wanted to change their diet. 60% of parents/careers wanted to change their children’s diet. Wanting to change your diet is great but often nothing changes unless we or someone else helps make it happen.
Do you think the government should bring in the same deterrents as smoking to ensure the future health of the nation and our children? Should junk food be more expensive, less convenient and carry health warnings to increase health awareness? Fed Up Bloating would appreciate your feedback on these proposed changes. Contact wendy(at)fedupbloating(dot)com, or on Twitter and Facebook at Fed Up Bloating, or our website blog http://fedupbloating.com
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