Read Original – Household availability of ultra-processed foods and obesity in nineteen European countries

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1932 advertisement for Del Monte Foods canned food products, prominently featuring pineapple. Out of the magazine Good Housekeeping. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: This image shows a display of healthy foods on a table. Foods include beans, grains, cauliflour, cantelope, pasta, bread, orange, turkey, salmon, carrots, turnips, zucchini, snowpeas, string beans, radishes, asparagus, summer squash, lean beef, tomatoes, and potatoes. AV Number: AV-8812-3430 Reuse Restrictions: None – This image is in the public domain and can be freely reused. Please credit the source and/or author listed above. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Read the abstract of new research study confirming that the UK has the unhealthiest food in Europe because it is ultra-processed in factories. Check it out!

Source: Household availability of ultra-processed foods and obesity in nineteen European countries – Public Health Nutrition

The study contributes to a growing literature showing that the consumption of ultra-processed foods is associated with an increased risk of diet-related non-communicable diseases. It reinforces the need for public policies and actions that promote consumption of unprocessed or minimally processed foods and make ultra-processed foods less available and affordable.

So why is the UK, so bad? Clearly, public health policy in terms of promoting healthy diet is completely ineffective. Secondly, there’s a powerful food lobby with large marketing budgets which preserves the status quo. The UK population has been pressured into lifestyle choices and dependency on unhealthy diet and inadequate exercise. More widely, UK government policy is obsessed with two strategies to the exclusion of effective public policy – namely austerity and Brexit.


Revisited – The Despair Death of the Middle-Aged American – The Atlantic

It’s time to revisit this brilliant Atlantic article on the despair death of the middle-aged American. The article explains simply and graphically why uneducated white Americans are living sicker and dying younger.

Source: The Despair Death of the Middle-Aged American – The Atlantic

Despair deaths from alcohol, suicide and drugs are very much in the news. But if anything matters have got considerably worse since the 2015 Atlantic article. Both drug enforcement and treatment are way behind the curve. But perhaps most alarming is the explosive growth in highly addictive, synthetic opioids that have swamped North American cities and are now increasingly a problem in Europe, especially the UK.

With technology increasingly taking over semi-skilled and unskilled jobs, poor Americans with limited education are increasingly likely to suffer despair deaths.

It’s worth joining the dots and suggesting that the poor, uneducated and unskilled American whites who are at risk of despair deaths also probably voted for Donald Trump. As we have seen over the last six months, Trump has consistently failed to deliver, so we must be ready for a spike in despair deaths.