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At least we Brits lead Europe in something...

Between 8% and 25% of adults are obese across Member States

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Old 26.11.2011, 13:44
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Having lived in the UK i can certainly vouch for these stats being true.
If anything i was surprised to see that "only" 23% of Brit women were obese.

More chips anyone?
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Old 26.11.2011, 13:54
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I am quite sure that Malta rates so highly as there are so many Brits on the island
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Old 26.11.2011, 14:56
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I am quite sure that Malta rates so highly as there are so many Brits on the island
My best mate back in the UK had a girlfriend who was soooo fat, he told me that when they had sex he used to burn his bum on the lightbulb.
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Old 26.11.2011, 15:07
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My UK vegan friends are so skinny, but they might just move more than they eat... But isn't traditional UK food quite heavy?

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You are also the most heavily indebted country in Europe If you add up private and public!

Hooray!

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Old 26.11.2011, 15:19
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My UK vegan friends are so skinny, but they might just move more than they eat... But isn't traditional UK food quite heavy?
Traditional British food is QUITE heavy - fish and chips, pies, pasties, roast potatoes etc.

The newer trends of pizza, kebabs, curry, ready meals are a worse culprit though

(Incidentally, a couple of years ago, a parent in my home town of Newcastle was prosecuted for not caring properly for her baby. If I recall the age correctly, she was feeding her 6 month baby kebabs which had been pureed. Made me very proud!)
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Old 26.11.2011, 15:27
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Traditional British food is QUITE heavy - fish and chips, pies, pasties, roast potatoes etc.
Traditional German food as well. And Scandinavian, Swiss, Austrian and pretty much all other EU cuisines as well. Because traditionally we moved a lot and worked hard on the fields... blaming the overweight on "too much food" worked in the 50s where people apparently really eat a lot "for the fun of it" cause they were finally able to afford it after the war. But today it is mainly a life style question - do you work out or is the only sport FIFA on the playstation...?

Just look at Switzerland: I have never had as unhealthy food over a long period of time as in the average cantine in Switzerland. Even in Germany do you usually have a light option for lunch, but at my employer was the vegetarian one quite often "cheese filled noodles with cheese sauce"... but the people are still much fitter here as they do so much more sport. Probably one of the upsides of the weird army system.
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Old 26.11.2011, 15:29
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Re: At least we Brits lead Europe in something...

BBC reported this morning that British woman are the most obese in the whole of Europe. Cheers BBC!
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Old 26.11.2011, 15:40
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Just look at Switzerland: I have never had as unhealthy food over a long period of time as in the average cantine in Switzerland.
Agreed! The "raclette-filled rosti pocket" I just saw in being sold in town today is hardly "heart healthy"!

I'm sure that there are some recent stats (looked but can't find) showing that average calorie intake hasn't risen in the UK in the past 20 years, but that i) calories expended has fallen and ii) the "quality" of the calories has worsened ie the fats that are being consumed are worse...transfats and saturated fats
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BBC reported this morning that British woman are the most obese in the whole of Europe. Cheers BBC!
I thought that was what this thread was all about

Anyway, has anyone seen the DVD Woodstock: The Director's Cut? Apart from being amazing to watch all the fantastic live performers, I could not help being struck by how attractive, slim, fit, health and happy (ok, with a little help in lots of cases!) everyone in the crowd looks.

It is incredible to see how different people of that age look today, some 40 years later. I can only attribute this to the rise in the popularity of fast food and the leading of more sedentary lives.
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Old 26.11.2011, 15:44
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I thought that was what this thread was all about
Yeah......I bit my lip

Fattest and maybe not the smartest either
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Old 26.11.2011, 15:49
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Speak for yourself!!!
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Old 26.11.2011, 16:00
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Traditional British food is QUITE heavy - fish and chips, pies, pasties, roast potatoes etc.

The newer trends of pizza, kebabs, curry, ready meals are a worse culprit though

(Incidentally, a couple of years ago, a parent in my home town of Newcastle was prosecuted for not caring properly for her baby. If I recall the age correctly, she was feeding her 6 month baby kebabs which had been pureed. Made me very proud!)
Has one forgoten the 3,000 calories of alcohol per person per night that half the country drinks?
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Old 26.11.2011, 16:09
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Has one forgoten the 3,000 calories of alcohol per person per night that half the country drinks?
Good point. So Swiss are skinny cause their beer sucks and they drink Vodka-Red-Bull instead?
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Old 26.11.2011, 16:30
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Old 26.11.2011, 16:34
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Yeah......I bit my lip

Fattest and maybe not the smartest either
Tbh didn't read the whole thing...... My bad.
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Old 26.11.2011, 16:36
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Re: At least we Brits lead Europe in something...

We are all ultimately responsible for what we eat but consider this:

* Conflicting advice about what is good or bad for you
* Information overload about good nutrition
* Supermarket control over the food chain
* Most food manufacturers are interested in profit not your health
* Government incompetence, this is a national disaster
* Drug, Health and Fitness business sucking off this

You would think having a healthy population would be one of the most important tasks a government would want.

The UK is not alone in this either.

I am no way an expert in nutrition but the bit I have learnt has shocked me why more governments are not more actively involved in reversing the situation.
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A win's a win!
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* Supermarket control over the food chain
* Most food manufacturers are interested in profit not your health
I don't agree at all with these points. I'm tired of hearing "If only supermarkets would stock the bad looking apples that taste great......they rule what we eat"

Nonsense.

Shops will sell and manufacturers will produce what consumers want to buy. Consumers lead. Always.
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