How the recession is making us fat

British people eating more sweets, cakes and biscuits to help cope with the emotional fallout of the current economic climate

Over 31% of the UK population admits to eating more sweets, cakes and biscuits than ever before, to help cope with the emotional fallout of the current economic climate.

The survey of 2,000 people, carried out by onepoll.com for Canderel, found that people in London were the worst offenders consuming an extra 948 calories per person in a week and increasing their weekly spend on sweet things by 95%.  People in East Anglia came out best but are still adding 822 calories to their weekly intake, which in turn is increasing their weekly spend by 73%.

During recession almost 1 in 3 people admit to being less health conscious in their food choices because of diminishing food budgets and increasing life pressures.

Canderel nutritionist Angela Dowden states that while calorie-rich comfort food can cheer us up in the short-term, there are potentially negative side-effects in the long term. ‘In difficult times we naturally want to cheer ourselves up, but the Canderel research shows that people could add up to nearly 1000 calories a week to their diet,’ she says.

‘This would add up to a weight gain of over a pound a month if people didn’t increase their physical activity level or cut down elsewhere in their diet. It’s unrealistic to ask people to give up their one or two weekly pleasures, and we want to show that people can continue to enjoy treats and protect their health if they use lower calorie sugar-free substitutes such as Canderel.’

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