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🔎 By 2020, the UK’s health and wellness industry was worth more than £20 billion. Yet our diets have barely improved in the past 30 years. Why? 👇 telegraph.co.uk/health-fitne…
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A global study led by researchers at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, has found that countries around the world are now only slightly healthier than in 1990, and the UK is no exception. 🍽️ Why do unhealthy diets remain so deeply entrenched?
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Studies published last month found more than 80% of the UK population will be overweight or obese by 2060, at a cost to the economy of £142 billion a year, and cancer cases among under-50s are rising rapidly, with ultra-processed or junk food believed to be the main culprit
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“The conversation I have repeatedly [with patients] is that people are aware [of the need to eat well] but it just doesn’t fit in with their lifestyles,” says Dr Gero Baiarda, clinical director at GPDQ healthcare services and a member of MyGP
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🗣️ “They find it inconvenient. Whether it’s lunch or dinner time, people say, ‘I’m busy and it’s easy to stay at my desk and get a Deliveroo’ ” Patients at his practice in Windsor also report exhaustion as a demotivating factor when it comes to cooking healthy meals from scratch
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Even if some of those meals purport to be healthy, the true story is often different. 🥫 The vast majority of convenience foods are low in protein and fibre and high in salt, sugar and fat telegraph.co.uk/health-fitne…
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🍬 Even baby foods have been found to contain alarming amounts of sugar. In July, a British Dental Association survey found more than a quarter of baby food pouches contained more sugar by volume than Coca-Cola. ❓ Is this where the problem lies?
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“We are becoming a sugared nation from the moment we’re born,” says Tam Fry, chairman of the National Obesity Forum. “First foods for children are stuffed full of sugar and that’s what they’ve come to expect from a very early age. Shifting that is an absolutely impossible task"
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👉 Another problem, suggests consultant dietitian Helen Bond, is a continuing lack of knowledge of how to go about cooking meals from raw ingredients. “People don’t have the know-how,” she says
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In 2016, a study by Lurpak found Britons spent more than five hours a week consuming “food media”, but only four hours actually cooking. Find out more (including our top 5 surprisingly healthy foods) here ⤵️ telegraph.co.uk/health-fitne…
'We can’t even look at the news without yet another expert telling us how we are racing to an early grave – as well as compounding what failures we are – because we can’t even perform this basic, primeval function,' writes @mirandalevycopy. 'We are suffering from “sleep guilt”'
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'There’s an important difference between the involuntary sleeplessness of insomnia and the “self-neglectors” who eat into their sleep hours by surfing eBay or watching box sets.' ❓ But are we really sleeping less? And, crucially, is worrying about making it even worse?
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The problem is that people already suffering with insomnia can get worse if they read anything to do with sleep deprivation, says behavioural psychologist, Dr Sophie Bostock. “Their brain selectively pays more attention to information they regard as ‘dangerous’"
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👉 And what do we do when we feel bad? We try to solve the problem, as rapidly as possible. “If we’re desperate to relieve our suffering, we convince ourselves that there might be one missing ingredient,” says Bostock. “We’re seeking a quick fix” telegraph.co.uk/health-fitne…
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💤 During eight years of sleeplessness, @mirandalevycopy tried many things... 'At some point in the late 2010s someone bought me a sleep tracker. After one night, I found this device uncomfortable, and ended up throwing it at the wall'
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Most sleep scientists now agree that it’s the very opposite of tracking that will lead to an elusive night’s sleep... As is the adoption of an approach called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia Find out how CBTi could solve your sleep problems 👇 telegraph.co.uk/health-fitne…
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