Obesity is an increasing problem. The number of obese people in the UK has risen dramatically over the last couple of decades. There are health implications both for the people themselves and society as a whole. Obesity is linked directly to heart disease and diabetes and there is increasing pressure on the NHS as a result of current trends. Almost a quarter of adult males in the UK are obese by current measures and it is anticipated that it will cost the NHS £6.4bn to tackle the direct effects of obesity on health in 2015. If the trend is not arrested it is anticipated that half the adults in the UK will be obese by the middle of the century. One young man recently showed what can be done with determination and effort and it is certain that he will follow a healthy diet in the future.
A Shining Example
A lecturer in Bath, Daniel Sutton had reached 21 stones by the age of 26 and decided to do something about it. He had gradually put on weight from his early teens and his diet was the main reason. It had been ready meals, takeaways and 4 litres of coke a day. He was advised to diet immediately by his doctor and take more exercise. He began with a treadmill and ultimately graduated to military style training. Seven months later he had lost 8.5 stones.
He had to cut out alcohol as part of his regime but in addition the full English breakfasts, pizzas and kebabs were replaced by whole meal brown bread and healthy soups. Some of his regime was stricter than is necessary for someone who has their weight under control. There are plenty of good nutritional meals with fish and white meat which is better than red.
There are many ways to add flavour without resorting to the sugar and salt that the food industry adds for flavour and as preservatives. Food is a huge industry; it is something that sustains human life. There are many subsections within the industry. Although the giant food processors are aiming at the mass market there is increasing pressure coming from those promoting healthy foods, companies offering gourmet products and home cooking. They realize that amateur chefs who enjoy the kitchen would be pleased to receive Maille Cooking Gifts.
Daniel may not be a brilliant chef but he has come to appreciate that there is plenty of good food without resorting to convenience and processed food washed down by fizzy drinks. After all the effort he has made he is extremely unlikely to revert to his former diet because he truly understands how much healthier he is now. Not everyone has the discipline that Daniel has. Everyone does have taste buds, however, and it is worth their while looking at new recipes backed up by condiments that add to the flavour that can transform a dish; without all those fattening food industry additives.
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