Food for thought

The British Medical Association have released a new report "Food for thought" setting out the measures needed to help promote healthier diets among children and young people.

The majority of children, young people and adults in the UK are not meeting dietary guidance. Of particular concern is the high intake of saturated fat, added sugars (sugars added to foods by the  manufacturer, cook or consumer, plus sugars naturally present in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices) and salt; and insufficient levels of fruit, vegetables, fibre and oily fish. This poor dietary behaviour is most common among individuals from lower socioeconomic groups.

The report recommends a range of interventions focused on improving attitudes and knowledge; limiting unhealthy cues and irresponsible retailing practices; and creating a healthy food environment. Some of the measures aim to directly protect children and young people, while others are to help parents and carers in making the right choices.

Posted: 16/07/2015 11:50:48 by Laura Keaver


 

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