Mayor Of London’s Sister Lives Poor For A Week

Sometimes you can’t fully understand something until you’ve lived it, and this was never more apparent when the Mayor of London Boris Johnson's sister Rachel Johnson tried ‘living poor’ for a week. Ms Johnson was once editor of society magazine The Lady and admitted to previously pre-judging the poorer members of society assuming they spent all their money on alcohol, cigarettes and television. She took part in the BBC 1 show Famous, Rich and Hungry which saw her live on food for a day that cost no more than £1! She joined a family in Deptford, South- East London, where the diet consisted of little more than white bread, sugar, and ‘frozen stuff’. The message that seemed to come out of this was that poverty and obesity are very tightly linked. Maybe this is the case, I also beg the question that why can’t this money be spent a little more wisely on less calorific foods? Well a large part of it is education, quite often these people are capable of understanding what they need to eat, the problem is they’ve never been told how to invest their money!

So it seems that the society we love in is not an easy one, the affluent don’t always understand what the poorer members of society have to contend with, and actually if we stand back and look at the picture, all it really takes is a bit of time and attention paid to the right areas…namely food education!


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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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