Public Health England has published new data detailing the state of the nation's diet.
The figures from the latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey were collected from 2014 to 2016.
Results show that most people eat too much saturated fat and not enough fruit, vegetables and fiber. Only a third of adults and just eight per cent of teenagers are meeting the Five A Day recommendation for fruit and vegetables!
Children are eating nearly three times as much sugar as the top limit recommended, with sugary drinks being the main culprit.
Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said: "Poor diets are all too common in this country and, along with obesity, are now one of the leading causes of disease such as cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It’s clear from these data that the nation’s diet needs an overhaul.
"A healthy balanced diet is the foundation to good health. Eating Five A Day and reducing our intake of calories, sugar, and saturated fat is what many of us need to do to reduce the risk of long term health problems."
Public Health England says that following a healthy, balanced diet and reducing calories will help reduce obesity and the economic and social burden of its consequences.
The good news is you can effectivley improve your diet by making just one simple change - replacing animals foods with healthier plant-based options.
Cutting out meat, fish, eggs and dairy foods is a simple and easy way to reduce calories and saturated fat while increasing your intake of fruit, vegetables and fiber.
This is why vegans tend to weigh less and have lower blood pressure and cholesterol - known risk factors for heart disease.
Plant-based diets can help adults and children alike achieve and maintain a healthy weight for life, redcing the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
For more information, see The Incredible Vegan Health report by Viva!.
This article was originally published by Viva! here
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.
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