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Concerns about the National Diet

Many diets are too high in fat, sugar or salt foods (HFSS) and are associated with a higher incidence of many common health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and tooth decay.



  • The UK lifestyle trends support a ‘convenience food culture’ high in fat, sugar and salt.
  • Between 1990 – 2002 demand for convenience food grew by 44% in UK and 29% in the remainder of Europe
  • Real cooking perceived as hard work. 
  • No time for ‘proper cooking’.
  • Convenience meals less likely to be eaten with fruit and vegetables.
  • In 2002 (compared to 1975) fruit consumption has increased but consumption of green vegetables has decreased by 27% .

Outcome of high Fat, Sugar and Salt consumption

Consuming a diet high in fat, sugar and salt combined with a lack of exercise generally leads to obesity. The statistics from the Northern Ireland Health and Wellbeing Survey (NIRSA, 2005/06) showed that:

  • A similar proportion of men (25%) and women (23%) were obese.
  • (39%) of men and (31%) of women were overweight.
  • Overall, 59% of adults measured were either overweight (35%) or obese (24%).




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