UK’s eating habits causing huge ‘health concern’
People’s eating habits are a ‘huge cause for concern’ after it was revealed 66 per cent of adults eat three or fewer portions of fruit or vegetables a day.
The results came from a survey which was commissioned by Diabetes UK to help promote Diabetes Week.
The findings come as the UK is gripped by a type 2 diabetes and obesity epidemic. The number of people living with diabetes has more than doubled since 1996 and it is thought if people do not change their lifestyle positively more than five million people in the country will have diabetes.
These survey results are a huge cause for concern when you recognise the fact that in the UK, 3.6 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes and 11.9 million people are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
The survey results also showed that three quarters of those who took part in the poll did not know what constitutes a recommended portion of vegetables and 46 per cent of people say they will not eat any fruit at all least three days a week.
The survey also highlighted that 59 per cent of people now know someone who has diabetes, despite that most people would ignore four out of six symptoms of the condition, such as thrush, fatigue, increased urination and extreme thirst.
Emma Elvin, clinical advisor for Diabetes UK, said: “These survey results are a huge cause for concern when you recognise the fact that in the UK, 3.6 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes and 11.9 million people are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
“Simple lifestyle changes such as eating a balanced diet, eating more fruit and vegetables and getting more exercise are an important part of managing all types of diabetes and can reduce the risk of serious of long term complications such as blindness, amputations and even early death.
“A healthy lifestyle can also massively reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. We know that obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for type 2 diabetes, with two in three people in the UK being overweight or obese, but three in five cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active.”
The research also revealed that two thirds of people do not know that baked beans could contain up to 5 tsps of sugar and 28 per cent of people add salt to food before even tasting it.
In a bid to get the nation to eat more healthily, Diabetes UK has launched a new campaign Food you love. It has been developed to inspire people to cook healthier meals incorporating the food they enjoy.