Mixed messages from health and news sources leave UK adults confused about nutrition
New research from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) reveals that 43 percent of adults surveyed admit that they find it difficult to find reliable information on healthy diets, with changing information, messages and advice from media and experts being the biggest causes for confusion (76 percent and 61 percent respectively).
The survey, conducted as part of BNF Healthy Eating Week, questioned almost 500 adults across the UK and found that social media platforms (37 percent) are the most common reported source for nutritional information for adults. Under a third (30 percent) of respondents said that they use the NHS website, a quarter visit other health websites and 14 percent said that they gather nutritional information from a doctor, hospital or health clinic.
Two thirds (68 percent) of survey respondents reported that they are motivated to eat healthily to control their weight and, when shopping for food, 61 percent of adults said they always or often check nutrition labels on food. Two thirds or more of people surveyed said that the calories (64 percent), sugar (68 percent) and fat (60 percent) are the things they look for on nutrition labels.
Almost half (48 percent) of adults surveyed say that busy lives and stress play a large role in stopping them from eating healthily. 40 percent of adults said that being too tired after work is the main reason for not being active.
The survey also showed a number of different factors that affect people’s food choices when at work or university. A third of adults said that high workload makes it difficult to eat well and they find it difficult to take a proper lunch break, and a quarter said they do not have enough time to prepare healthy foods when at work. 24 percent of respondents said there are limited healthy food and drink options available at work or close by and 28 percent said there were too many unhealthy snacks available in their work setting.
Be Strong are passionate that families take action to play their part in tackling the obesity crisis. We are contacted so many times by families who are worried about the health of their children who have already followed in their parents footsteps and are overweight at a young age.
The over-eating at home battle is usually won or lost in the supermarket aisles.
Write down your usual shopping list, include everything you would normally buy. The look for the items that you can cut out completely, or cut down on. If there are sugary drinks in their then swap them with non sugary versions. if there are sweets, crisps, confectionery or biscuits – can these be struck off? Do we need cheese and butter or margarine? Will you really eat all that bread? If you overeat bread then ask yourself if you can abstain from it for a while. Other things to look out for are the grab and eat foods, usually found in the fridge. If you have items such as these then swap them for things that take time to prepare.
Is fruit such as bad snack? It tastes really good to us! Could a bowl of overnight oats with summer berries really taste that bad? Is making a 250 calorie omelette with chicken and peppers really too much effort? I’m sure we can all boil a pan and cook pasta for ten minutes, stir in pesto then add a tuna steak and a side dish of vegetables? We can drink 750 ml of water before each meal to leave us fulfilled mid meal?
Once you have completed this task you will have a new look shopping list. Let us know how you get on.
Rick and Rachel x