Junk food has helped to fuel the rise in obesity, claims expert

15 September 2011

The rise of junk food has contributed significantly to the rise in obesity, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) has claimed.

Helen Bond, a spokeswoman for the BDA, said that one of the main causes of obesity, which can have repercussions on the rate at which people need weight loss surgery, is simply linked to the population eating more.

Ms Bond argued that processed groceries, larger portion sizes and "the availability of junk food everywhere you turn" have helped to fuel this rise.

"[The] corresponding demise of family eating occasions and home cooked food" has also played a contributory role, she added, claiming that just under a quarter (24 per cent) of all adult men and women in the UK are clinically obese.

In earlier comments, nutrition consultant for Greatvine.com Charlotte Stirling said that medical scientists now believe there is an indirect link between cancer risk and the food that people eat.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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