Some people believe that as long as they exercise regularly they can eat what they want without gaining weight. A new report however dispels this myth, saying that although exercise has many benefits – weight-loss isn’t one of them. Instead, the finger has been pointed at our diets.
Cardiologist Aseem Malhorta, author of the report, said:
“Regular exercise has a multitude of benefits but weight-loss is not one of them.
“We therefore need to stop misleading the public by suggesting the cure for obesity is to do more exercise when nothing could be further from the truth.
“Diet-related disease which also affects up to 40 per cent of those with a normal weight is being driven primarily by the consumption of sugar and carbs.”
In the report, an assessment of the nation’s health described the PR tactics within the food industry as “chillingly similar to those of big tobacco”, a company that proclaimed doubt and denial to convince members of the public that smoking was not linked to lung cancer.
When we look at our diets and obesity related diseases, it is interesting to note that the prevalence of diabetes increases 11-fold for every 150 additional sugar calories eaten daily. This is in comparison to the equivalent amount of calories consumed via fat.
Research suggests that reducing carbohydrates is the most effective way to overcome obesity and should be the first port of call when treating diabetes.
Back in 1972 Britain’s obesity rate was 2.7%, but now this has climbed to 25% of adults. Experts say this is primarily due to our dependence on carbohydrate-rich foods like white bread, pasta and pizza.
Vice president-elect of the Faculty of Public Health, professor Simon Capewell made the point that we don’t allow tobacco companies to market cigarettes to children.
“Our kids now deserve equal protection from the cynical marketing of cheap sugary drinks and junk food because our children’s future health depends on it.”
Obesity expert and family GP, Ian Campbell has spoken up to remind people that the best way to stay healthy is to maintain a healthy weight, eat a nutritious diet and to exercise more. He also said, “To suggest anything else is both misleading and dangerous.”