What Are The Best Ways To Reduce Globesity AKA Obesity Around The Globe

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Sorry guys, this isn’t going to be an exhaustive take on ALL the ways that we can reduce obesity, heck, if I knew how I would be a wealthy man both literally and metaphorically. Unfortunately even if I knew all the ways to reduce this pandemic, implementing the necessary changes would be another thing altogether.

There is a lot of ambiguity with reducing obesity, but what we do know is the root of the problem… calories. From here we have to consider the main sources of these calories, and in the UK… it’s processed food and drinks. There is a place for some processed foods, ready meals for example do help to improve nutritional quality of people’s meals, a lot of people who opt for a ready meal may have otherwise gone for a kebab, take-away or oven pizza for example. All of which have little in the way of vegetables and nutritional quality. A ready meal on the other hand deliver a balance of protein, carbs and fibre in the form of veg, only downside is often the salt content, but that’s the trade- off it seems, plus there are many low salt versions too (just check the potassium in these as often salt is swapped for potassium).

In a nut- shell then, the nutritional changes that made the biggest difference to obesity thus far were ones that improved the nutritional quality of the food, including trans- fat bans, reduced commercial availability of sugar dense snack and drinks, as well as limiting the availability of high fat foods (particularly trans fats).

So if the government are serious about cutting costs in the NHS etc, and we want to avoid compulsory privatised healthcare, then we need to start looking at sugar and trans fat taxes, overall improvement of nutritional density, and encouraging manufacturers to produce all- round better foods.

Source

Nutraingredients.com, (2015). From soda bans to nutrient labelling: What really helps reduce obesity? Retrieved 27th May, 2015, from http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/From-soda-bans-to-nutrient-labelling-What-really-helps-reduce-obesity

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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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