Obesity is a ‘slow-motion car crash’ which is threatening to bankrupt the NHS, according to its chief executive, Simon Stevens. Mr Stevens said the problem is now more deadly than smoking and causing millions to suffer life-long illness and disability.
Addressing a conference hosted by Public Health England in Coventry, he said: ‘It’s bizarre that we are spending more nationally on bariatric surgery than we are on implementing at scale evidence-based programmes to prevent diabetes.”
I completely agree…
Prevention will ALWAYS be better than cure
Mr Stevens’ revelations that the NHS is spending far more on drastic weight loss surgery than trying to prevent obesity have been in the media at the same time as more research suggesting low-calorie sweeteners found in diet drinks RAISE the risk of obesity and diabetes by affecting how the body processes sugar.
The crazy thing is that as part of it “change 4 life” agenda, the NHS is telling us to “try to swap food and drink with added sugar for stuff that has no added sugar or is sugar free.” Sadly I suspect this will lead many people to consume products that are labelled “no added sugar” or “sugar free” and are instead loaded with these artificial, chemical sweeteners.
There have also been so many warnings about sugars in the media recently (including natural sugars) that I fear it could even push some people to swap natural “no label” foods for this chemical laden junk.
The sweeteners under the microscope are saccharin, which is found in Sweet’N Low, sucralose, which is found in Splenda, and aspartame, which is found in many diet drinks and processed foods.
The Israeli researchers investigating artificial sweeteners said that ‘today’s massive, unsupervised consumption’ of artificial sweeteners needs to be reassessed.
In a study of almost 400 people, the researchers linked artificial sweetener with being fatter and having glucose intolerance. The really scary thing is that volunteers who didn’t normally eat or drink artificially-sweetened foods began to become glucose intolerant after JUST FOUR DAYS of consumption.
Unsurprisingly, Gavin Partington, of the British Soft Drinks Association disagrees, saying the research contradicts “the overwhelming body of scientific evidence”.
Why do I suspect this scientific evidence is funded by processed food companies?
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