Brits’ Disastrous Diets
A British male weighs a stone heavier today than in 1986, a ticking time bomb for male health lifting rates of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. The biggest reason is fast-food, a population gorging on fired chicken, McDonald’s hamburgers and, Britain’s most popular cuisine, takeaway curries loaded with salt, sugar, artificial colouring, ghee, butter, cream and MSG.
As in Australia, the government is introducing a policy that has restaurants and fast-food outlets include calorie counts on menus. KFC is agreeing to sell griddled as well as fried chicken pieces. Other companies, as in Australia, are pledging to reduce salt by about 15 percent.
Sathnam Sanghera in The Times writes about supermarket pizzas which “taste only marginally better than the packaging they come in…” Calorie counters on menus in fast-food arrived in Victoria in late 2012, and will arrive in NSW over the course of this year. In Britain the government announced their “responsibility deal” on March 15 which along with changes targeted to alcohol consumption and physical activity, will also introduce mandatory calorie counts at fast-food outlets.