Lose Weight Harm Less
According to the NHS 28% of adults in the UK are obese and a further 36% are overweight, leaving many people vulnerable to diseases including cancer and diabetes, as well as other conditions such as those relating to the heart and bowel. Obesity, it says, was a primary or secondary cause of over one million admissions to UK hospitals in the year to March 2020.
The majority of adults in the UK, therefore, need to take-action to improve their health chances and lead better quality lives.
The process of shedding extra pounds is often viewed in negative terms, although it can instead be an enjoyable experience leading to the discovery of alternative food options, enhanced self-esteem and increased social interaction. Reduced or alternative consumption also eases pressure on the health service and can greatly benefit the planet too – if in contrast to temporary diets long-term lifestyle changes are maintained.
Suggested changes to diet that are often recommended to non-vegans include reducing the consumption of meat and dairy products, swapping daily snacks for occasional treats, avoiding grazing and seeking alternatives to high-content salt and sugar found most notably in ultra-processed foods.
Think of all the water and manufacturing energy we would save if demand for crisps, biscuits and highly processed food was to fall-away; think about the packaging materials that would no longer be required in such huge volumes as well as the entire swathes of land that could be used more productively for nutritious food products if switched from rearing cattle to growing crops. The natural resources, wildlife and emissions’ savings would also be immense.
Out of all the junk food on the market popcorn is surely among the very worst of them. Sales were valued at £127m in 2020 according to the Snack Nut & Crisp Manufacturers Association. With cinemas closed because of the pandemic at least sales should have fallen in 2021.
The UK savoury snack market was valued at £3.2 billion in 2020 (Snack Nut & Crisp Manufacturers Association) with 10% of the UK potato harvest being turned into crisps – what a travesty for potatoes and the nation’s waistline!
Have at least two meat-free days a week
Avoid ultra-processed foods
Buy products with lower than 5g of sugar for 100g content
Switch dairy milk to oat, soya, almond or other plant milks
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