It is no secret that the average English diet is light years away from being perfect, but according to the latest figures, death rates in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland could be reduced by around 4,000 if residents were to follow an English style diet.
Experts from the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford have said that numerous deaths could be prevented if Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland switched their diets to fall in line with the typical English diet.
Though the English diet is not the healthiest in the world, it is achievable for the rest of the UK and it could help to bridge the diet inequalities between nations.
Dr Peter Scarborough, lead researcher of the Health Promotion Research Group has said that the key dietary factor that is fuelling the mortality gap between England and the rest of the UK is the consumption of fruit and vegetables.
“Consumption of fruit and vegetables in Scotland is around 12% lower than in England, and consumption in Northern Ireland is about 20% lower than in England. Consumption levels in Wales are similar.’’ Said Scarborough.
Researchers believe that the best way to tackle this gap would be to introduce food taxes, in a similar move to that of countries such as Denmark, which introduced a tax on foods considered to be too high in saturated fat.
Speaking to the BBC, Dr Scarborough said that junk food taxes as well as subsidies being introduced for healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables, could play a role in addressing the inequalities in health across the UK.
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