· In 2016/17, there were 617 thousand admissions in NHS hospitals where obesity was a factor No1. This is an increase of 18 per cent on 2015/16.
· In 2016, 26% of adults were classified as obese. This has increased from 15% in 1993 but has remained at a similar level since 2010.
Although heavily criticised by dietitians, the Governments Eat-well Guide shows a good starting point by highlighting the proportions of the main food groups that form a healthy, balanced diet:
·Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day
·Base meal’s on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates, choosing wholegrain versions where possible
·Have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soy drinks); choosing lower sugar options
·Eat beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (including 2 portions of fish every week, 1 of which should be oily)
· Choose unsaturated fats, and eat in small amounts
· Drink 6 to 8 cups/glasses of fluid a day