70,000 lives could be saved by healthier diet

Poor diet kills 70,000 each year says new government report

70,000 lives could be saved every year if Britons maintained a healthier diet, according to a new government report.

The findings reveal that one in ten premature deaths could be avoided if the population reduce their intake of salt, sugar and fat. The report also claimed people are not eating enough fruit, vegetables, fibre or oily fish, putting themselves at risk of cancer and heart disease. Those who die prematurely would have lived for almost 10 years longer if they had followed dietary advice, the report says.

The new figures come from the Cabinet Office report Food: An analysis of the issues, and the hard-hitting report highlights the growing problems of obesity, with a prediction that 60% of Britons will be overweight by 2050, compared with 28% today.

It also showed children are in most danger with 70% of girls and 55% of boys expected to be overweight or obese in 40 years’ time.

The report states: ‘Children’s diets are proportionally worse than adults and the future of children’s health is of particular concern.’

Dr Ian Campbell, medical director of the charity Weight Concern cast a grim outlook saying: ‘Food is cheaper and easier to prepare than ever before and we live more sedentary lifestyles, so I’m afraid all the indications are that it will only get worse.’

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