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Fat is good for you, Carbs are not?

Eating celery! (see pic).

The press has had a field day over the public spat between Public Health England and the National Obesity Forum over what constitutes a healthy diet.

Celery sticks On a serious note – the burgeoning obesity in our population is merely the ‘canary in the coal-mine’. Unless we appreciate the causes and do something about those then we carry on increasing the global burden of long term conditions. take – but then people underestimate what they actually eat by about 25%. So that may leave us eating 25 cals a day too much on average. That is equivalent to a fifth of a bagel, or a third of a (175ml) glass of wine, or one prune, or a large carrot – or a quarter of a bag of crisps (25g). Not a lot really. So no wonder in an obesogenic environment fat piles on.

In the UK, over the last 30 years, there has been a reported 20% drop in caloric intake – but then people underestimate what they actually eat by about 25%. So that may leave us eating 25 cals a day too much on average. That is equivalent to a fifth of a bagel, or a third of a (175ml) glass of wine, or one prune, or a large carrot – or a quarter of a bag of crisps (25g). Not a lot really. So no wonder in an obesogenic environment fat piles on.

The causes of obesity include overnutrition , inappropriate diet, excess alcohol, inactivity, inadequate sleep, stress and depression. These can of course have other causes related to environmental and pychosocial issues (including deprivation, meaninglessness, alienation and loneliness). Attempting to deal with a single cause (nutrition) is laudable but ignore the rest at our grand-children’s peril.

The Professor speaking on Radio 4 and then quoted in the press – was lamenting that the real problem was that 95% of the population didn’t follow the PHE guidelines. Naughty people. Maybe someone needs to look at the guidelines – again? Easier to blame the people . There is a move to reducing carbohydrates, which raise blood sugar and therefore insulin in the bloodstream – especially in those who have Diabetes type 2. Insulin regulates fat so the more insulin around to clear the carbs arriving through the trapdoor the more fat is stored in fat cells (simplistic).

The real message is – eat food (least processed), mainly plants, not too much.

And no sugar and no snacking – but you won’t feel like snacking if you have a balance diet including fat. Once again the debate is all over the place.

 

 

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