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Nutrition

How well does the average British family eat?

Does the food system restrict healthy choices for typical British families? That was the question posed by independent organisation The Food Foundation’s report, Force-Fed, sponsored by Benenden, which was presented to the UK government.

The answer? The diets of typical British families are the greatest risk to their health and survival, found the think tank. Here are some of the findings:

Tipping the scales
Tipping the scales
  • 25% are obese
  • 5% have diabetes
Fruit & fibre
Fruit & fibre
  • 74% don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables
50%+ can’t understand nutritional information
Too Complicated
  • 50%+ can’t understand nutritional information
High-fat, salt or sugar food gives 47% of our calories
Empty calories
  • High-fat
  • salt or sugar food gives 47% of our calories
Waste not, want not
Waste not, want not
  • We spend 20% more due to promotions
Eating out
Eating out
  • 53% increase in places to eat out in the last 10 years
  • Eating out uses up 1/3 of spending on food & drink