Poor diet exacerbating obesity problems, study finds

28 June 2013

Poor diet is contributing to a growing social and economic burden of chronic disease, it has been claimed.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, highlighted research showing that over 60 per cent of UK adults are now overweight or obese.

He noted that more people are suffering from cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes - both of which have been linked to poor oral health.

The British Dental Health Foundation found that two in every three people snack throughout the day, with many people making poor dietary choices.

"Poor diet contributes to a variety of problems in the mouth including tooth decay, erosion and bad breath," Dr Carter stated.

"It is important that people become more responsible with their diets and encourage good eating habits, especially from a younger age."

For people who struggle to lose weight by dieting and exercise, weight loss surgery may be an alternative option.

Options include gastric band surgery and gastric bypass surgery, procedures which reduce the volume of food individuals are physically able to digest.

British Dental Health Foundation. " Snacking culture harming teeth." Tuesday, June 18th 2013.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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