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

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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.

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