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Without significant national action 250,000 people in the UK will die from preventable conditions by 2025, and even more people will have the quality of their lives drastically reduced, a new study has found.

Some key facts:

  • 1 in 4 adults are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes due to being overweight or obese
  • An estimated 7 million people living with cardiovascular disease in the UK
  • 10 million British people live with long-term painful conditions of their joints, spine, bones or muscles
  • Two thirds of deaths from asthma attacks are preventable

“We live in an environment where everyday processed food and drink is packed full of added sugar, salt and saturated fats, which makes it extremely difficult for the public to make the right choices when it comes to diet and to eat healthy foods. This is why we need the Government to publish and implement an effective Childhood Obesity Strategy as soon as possible,” The Obesity Health Alliance, said in its response to the study.

The Obesity Health Alliance, which is a coalition of over 30 leading national health charities, campaign groups, and Royal Medical Colleges, advise that we need “challenging targets, that are backed by regulation, for the food and drinks industry to make their products healthier by reducing the sugar, salt and saturated fat content, as well as restrictions on the marketing of unhealthy products.”

This frustrates me. Why is the focus on reformulating processed foods instead of education on the importance of REAL food! We already know that the chemical sweeteners used in low sugar products are at least as unhealthy as the sugar they are replacing.

The other big issue with this processed foods with their pharmaceutical ingredients is the way they many of them are deliberately designed to get us to eat more food. We need to move away from these industrial foods that are making us sick and get back to nature.

We have added years to our lives, but not necessarily life to our years

The study, Living longer, living well: How we can achieve the World Health Organization’s ‘25 by 25’ goals in the UK, says:

“Although in the UK we are living longer, for many people, their days are not spent in good health. Millions of people in the UK are living with one or more serious health conditions, such as arthritis or Type 2 diabetes. We have added years to our lives, but not necessarily life to our years.”

The report warns that:

  • Modifiable risk factors account for over half of the disease burden in later life.
  • Up to half of all cancers could be prevented by changes in lifestyle behaviours
  • Walking for a mile at a moderate pace each day could reduce prostate cancer patients’ risk of dying from the disease by 30%
  • Up to 30% of cases of Alzheimer’s disease are attributable to modifiable risk factors
  • 80% of strokes are preventable
  • If every woman in the UK was regularly physically active, 9,000 fewer women would develop breast cancer each year

We don’t need reformulated processed foods.

I believe processed foods are a key component in a global epidemic of unconscious suicide, caused by our modern lifestyles. We need to stop behaving like ostriches, get our heads out of the sand and get back to nature.

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