European countries 'have better food culture than UK'

30 November 2011

The UK has an inferior food culture to other nations in Europe and it could be contributing to high levels of obesity, an expert has suggested.

A representative from the National Obesity Forum said that female obesity in Britain is becoming a big worry for medical professionals and that when compared to European statistics, diet may have a profound effect.

Tam Fry, spokesman for the forum, said: "A lot of [European] countries also have very well-developed farming programmes, allowing people lots of markets, and people go into the countryside and buy their food. We just tend to go to the nearest supermarket."

He added that women in the UK should eat sensibly and in moderation, as well as sourcing the best ingredients and opting to cook from scratch.

His comments came after it was revealed that British women are the most overweight in Europe. Data from research body Eurostat found that 23.9 per cent of women in the UK were recorded as being obese in the year 2008 to 2009.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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