UK Diet Improving Slightly

The UK national diet survey highlights that we are eating less sugar and bad fat, however, the inadequate diets of teenage girls remain a concern.
The UK’s new National Diet and Nutrition Survey of 500 adults and 500 children involved experts poring over everything the participants drank and ate, with their health checked by nurses.
The diets of teenage girls form a specific concern from the survey’s findings, to the extent that the FSA is switching to social networks to promote healthy eating messages like “5-a-day”.
We are eating less trans fat, saturated fat and added sugar than 10 years ago when an assessment of the national diet was made.
Saturated fat intake in adults has decreased slightly to 12.8% of food energy. Nonetheless, it is below the recommended level of 11%.
Trans fat intakes have also dropped slightly to 0.8% of food energy, and are well within recommended levels.
We are still consuming too much added sugar, which makes up 12.5% or an eighth of food energy intake compared to the recommended 11%.
On the whole, men and children are eating less added sugar.
The government’s health eating message appears to be working. A third of men and women are now eating the recommended “5-a-day” fruit and veg. Adults are, on average, eating 4.4 portions of fruit and vegetables on a daily basis.
We need to eating more fibre needed for healthy digestion. The average intakes for adults is 14g per day for adults, which is less than the recommended 18g.
Consumption of oily fish, which is the key source of omega 3 fatty acids, is a great deal below the recommended portion per week for both adults and children.
Iron intakes among teenage girls and women are still low, which can lead to anaemia and iron deficiency.
We are all consuming more vitamins and minerals.
From personal measurements that were taken by nurses, it was found that 69% of male participants were overweight, including 24% plus who were obese . Almost 59% of female participants were found to be overweight, including almost 32% of them obese.

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