Posted by: 4pack | November 16, 2009

“Obesity In Britain”: Nutrititionists In The Great Britain Increase “Recommended” Total Daily Calories By 400 Calories Per Day In Bid To Maintain Increasing Obesity In Country

THE BRITISH WILL NO DOUBT WATCH WITH GLEE AS AMERICA LEADS THE WORLD IN OBESITY BUT THEY JUST “BLINKED” WHEN IT CAME TO MAINTAINING CALORIE CONSUMPTION GUIDELINES…AN EXTRA 400 CALORIES IS OK????ARE YOUR KIDDING???? BRITISH MEN ARE NO MORE ACTIVE THAN AMERICAN MEN…IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DIET…2500 CALORIES PER DAY FOR MEN IS 500 TOO MANY…NOW YOU ALMOST DOUBLE THE OVERAGE TO 900???…BRITAIN IS NOW “FULLY” COMMITTED TO BEING A “HEAVYWEIGHT” IN WORLD IN OBESITY…. 

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Over-eating and lack of exercise mean more and more Britons are seriously overweight, with 32 percent of men and 33 percent of women expected to be clinically obese in four years' time.

(From a Daily Mail article)   Official guidance on how much we can eat each day has been underestimated for the last two decades, scientists have revealed.

The daily intake of calories – currently 2,000 for woman and 2,500 for men – could be increased by up to 16 per cent, the equivalent of cheeseburger or two packets of crisps.

An average adult could happily squeeze in an extra 400 calories a day and not pile on the pounds, Britain’s leading nutritionists have admitted.

The adjustment, which will give hope to millions of dieters, came after researchers found a more accurate assessment of how fat can be burned off through exercise.

But it sparked alarm from health campaigners and consumer experts who fear it will send out mixed messages to those battling the bulge.

A third of all British adults – some 13 million people – will be obese by 2012 if current trends continue.

Over-eating and lack of exercise mean more and more Britons are seriously overweight, with 32 percent of men and 33 percent of women expected to be clinically obese in four years’ time.

The proposals, revealed yesterday, have been drafted by a committee of Britain’s leading nutritional experts on  the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN).

They are due to go out for a 14-week consultation before final recommendations are made.

The findings are based on a more accurate interpretation of physical activity levels in the UK by the SACN.

Concerns have been raised that the Department of Health and the Foods Standards Agency (FSA) could seek to sweep the report under the carpet as it could send out mixed messages in the middle of an obesity epidemic.

The FSA has been evaluating for two years new methods of labelling, including a traffic light’ scheme to colour-code unhealthy food.

Adam Leyland, editor of The Grocer, said the implications were huge for the food industry in terms of relabelling.

He said: ‘I think it is massively confusing if you are offering advice and it turns out the advice was wrong.

‘It gives the Food Standards Agency a big problem because the temptation must be to sweep this under the carpet and continue to give people the advice they have given because 2,000 and 2,500 are nice round numbers’.

Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said it was a ‘dangerous assumption’ to say that adults could safely consume an extra 400 calories a day.

‘This is not a green light to eat yourself silly,’ he said. ‘I can be absolutely sure that SACN would not be recommending this lightly because it knows better than anybody else that we have a huge obesity problem.

‘People have got to be sensible about what they eat and if they feel they should take on these extra calories.’

Existing guidelines on energy intake required for good health have formed the basis of food labelling and dietary advice from doctors and nutritionists since 1991.

If the committee’s proposals are accepted some foods would be upgraded to a healthier rating.

The report comes two weeks after the Government’s chief drugs advisor was sacked by the Home Secretary for ‘crossing a line’ by publicly criticising existing policy.

Overweight and obese people cost the NHS an estimated £4,2 billion a year and the Department of Health has pledge to cut levels of childhood obesity.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1227743/Its-official–eat-stay-healthy.html#ixzz0X2NqqXNZ

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Responses

  1. Dr David Ashton MD PhD Medical Director Healthier Weight comments

    60% of the UK population is already overweight or obese, the recommendation that some adults may be able to eat an additional 400 kcal/day is both misleading and irresponsible. It is misleading as it does not make clear that daily energy requirement is a function of body weight; the heavier you are the more calories you need to maintain your weight. If you are maintaining a healthy body weight and think the advice applies to you, in 12-months time you will have gained an extra 40lbs of fat. “
    “It is irresponsible as many underestimate their calorie intake and over-estimate their levels of physical activity; hence the global obesity epidemic. Whilst technically correct for a small number of people this would be interpreted as a green light for everyone to eat more, so exacerbating what is already a public health disaster.


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