More and more Nigerians are now basically relying on processed and canned foods such as noodles which have become the major food in up 99% of Nigerian families even people residing in the villages and remote areas.
Eating processed food can stimulate a compound in the body system that acts as a neurotransmitter thereby making you get addicted to such food without knowing, causing long lasting harm to the body system due to certain preservatives such as food chemicals that have been added to preserve them.
Of recent, Britain’s food industry was challenged by the government to reduce the amount of calories down by 20% in products used by families as part of a new strategy to cut childhood and adult obesity.
Health officials say if the 20 per cent target is met within five years, more than 35,000 premature deaths could be prevented.
Officials also said that around 12.5 billion U.S. dollars in National Health Service (NHS) healthcare and social care costs could be saved over a 25-year period.
The calorie drive follows new evidence revealing overweight or obese boys and girls consume up to 500 and 290 calories too many each day respectively.
The food industry has been given three ways to reduce calories:
- changing the recipe of products,
- reducing portion sizes or
- encouraging consumers to purchase lower calorie products.
Categories of food covered by the program include pizzas, ready meals, ready-made sandwiches, meat products and savory snacks.
The new major steps to cut excessive calorie intake were unveiled by Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
PHE says too many children and most adults are overweight or obese, suffering consequences from bullying and low self-esteem in childhood, to type II diabetes, heart disease and some cancers as adults.
“An obese parent is more likely to have an obese child, who in turn is more likely to grow up into an obese adult,” said PHE.
A PHE report includes new data on children’s daily calorie consumption.
Depending on their age, overweight and obese boys consume between 140 to 500 calories too many each day and for girls, it is 160 to 290 when compared to those with healthy body weights.
Adults consume on average 200 to 300 calories too many each day.
A PHE report includes new data on children’s daily calorie consumption. Depending on their age, overweight and obese boys consume between 140 to 500 calories too many each day and for girls, it is 160 to 290 when compared to those with healthy body weights. Adults consume on average 200 to 300 calories too many each day.
Duncan Selbie, chief executive of PHE, said: “Industry can help families by finding innovative ways to lower the calories in the food we all enjoy and promoting UK business leadership on the world stage in tackling obesity.
Steve Brine, parliamentary under-secretary of state for public health and primary care, said: “Obesity is now one of our greatest challenges.
“It is fuelling an epidemic of preventable illnesses like type II diabetes and cancer.
“These not only shorten lives but put unsustainable pressure on our health service.”
“Our calorie reduction program, the first of its kind from any country in the world, will continue to build on the progress of our world-leading childhood obesity plan, which has led to positive steps by industry.”
Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said: “It’s hard for people to make healthy food choices. That’s why we are challenging the food industry to take 20 percent of the calories out of everyday foods.”
The NHS spends around 8.3 billion U.S dollars a year treating obesity-related conditions. (NAN)